The longer the battle for Damascus goes on, the greater the danger that the Syrian ruler will release his poison-tipped missiles against Israel, Turkey and Jordan.
Syrian military forces were gathered in Tuesday, July 17, to save
Damascus.Tanks and armored vehicles were positioned in strength in the
capital’s center and around government buildings. However, the noise and fury of battle in the Syrian capital Tuesday, July 17, were produced, debkafile’s military sources report, by six battalions of Bashar Assad’s loyal Allawite militia in clashes with the rebels who captured the two southern suburbs of Meidan and Tadmon Monday. They
are trying to pound the enemy into extinction before its forces reach central Damascus.
The two beleaguered districts are home to a quarter of the
capital’s 1.8 million inhabitants.The Syrian general staff has withdrawn its
command headquarters to a well-fortified complex on Shuhada Street in the capital’s center.
If Damascus falls and Assad is cornered, the entire region stands in peril of wider repercussions, because neither he nor Tehran will take defeat lying down.
- Syrian armed rebels take fight to government troops in Damascus (guardian.co.uk)
- Residents flee Damascus as Syrian capital sees heaviest fighting so far in country’s ‘civil war’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Clashes Continue in Damascus (voanews.com)
- Assad moving troops from Golan to Damascus: Israel (dailystar.com.lb)
- Assad will use chemical weapons: top defector (yahoo news)