Damascus sees first signs of Guerrilla War

Syrian opposition forces fought the fiercest battle with government loyalist troops yet on Monday, in the tony El Mezze district of Damascus.

Damascus, the capital, has not seen huge demonstrations. This violence is the severest form of opposition that the capital has witnessed.

The Free Syrian Army, made up largely of defectors, has suffered major setbacks in the Baba Amr district of Homs and in Idlib in recent days. It made the mistake, as a guerrilla force, of trying to take and hold territory. Monday’s engagement in Damascus was better planned, as an operation showing the other Syrians that the oppositionists have hardly disappeared. The revolutionaries got off a rocket propelled grenade attack on the mansion of an officer. The building from which they fought sustained major damage from regime attacks.

Euronews has video:

At the same time, dozens of tanks were sent in by the regime to Deir al-Zor to put down the rebellion there.

Aljazeera has gotten hold of secret documents detailing the brutal strategy of the Baath regime in crushing the protests:

Meanwhile, hacked email shows that Asma al-Asad thought herself “the real dictator” and that she really likes to shop.

4 Responses

  1. Juan, do you believe the Alex Jones crowd that this insurgency was largely created by CIA/Mossad?

    And what about the reports now that anti-terror troops and a tanker has come to Syria to back al-Asad?
    link to abcnews.go.com

    Will this turn into another proxy war between Russia and the US?

  2. “The Free Syrian Army, made up largely of defectors”. That seems to be misleading. FSA is a convenient handle for the guerrillas, agreed, but they operate independently of each other and of the few FSA exiles in Turkey.

    The guerrilla groups appear to be mainly made of of unemployed young men rather than defectors from the Syrian army. At least if I read Josh Landis correctly. One gathers that defecting from the Syrian army is not a very pleasant proposition since it leaves ones family open to pretty horrible retribution.

  3. Nothing but questions here. Due to the complexity, the range and number or factions, as well as powerful outside parties, there seems doomed to be a very ugly and drawn out process.

    Is there, I wonder, a possibility of some effective coalition of the military coming together as a relatively benevolent junta, dispatching al-Asad and chaperoning a transition to stability/progress? Not something I’d bet on given their Baathist history and how the military was apparently structured by the Old Man, but it seems to be the one thin reed of relative hope I can imagine.

  4. And plants and factories across the planet continue to churn out various kinds of explosives, and pre-explosives, crowing about how their industry is one of the only ones showing “healthy growth.” And their products get scattered abroad by Very Wise Experienced Players playing Very Important Survival Zero-Sum Games, or just little weevil “arms dealers,” and some of our fellow “Our Tribe’s No. 1!” humans, for all kinds of Really Important Reasons, get to do what lots of grubby young males get off on doing, the latter-day, bigger-bang equivalent of sticking a cherry bomb or M-80 in a frog’s mouth or tied to an alley cat’s tail.

    And then Smart People come along and try to “explain” this or that random bit of destruction, to find meaning or significance or rationale or justification for blowing crap and people up. Hey, it’s just what some, too many, of us ordinary humans do. Tit for tat, and yet it all seems so very, aaahh, compelling, while we’re carrying on and detonating stuff and bragging and crowing and popping off whole 30 round clips of 7.62×39 ammo… link to youtube.com

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