Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Bashar al-Assad cannot survive for long, his uncle says
Bashar al-Assad cannot survive for long, his uncle says, Syria to cease military operations by April 10. Yeah of what year?
As Assad claims a pullout On Tuesday, monitoring groups reported that heavy fighting had engulfed opposition strongholds in the southern region of Daraa, northwestern Idlib province and areas around the capital. Dozens of armoured personnel carriers arrived in Dael, a town in Daraa province where the uprising began in March 2011, as well as in Zabadani, a bastion of the rebellion near the border with Lebanon.
Sayyed Mahmud, an activist in Dael reached by Skype, told AFP the situation was extremely tense in the town. "They burned down 14 houses yesterday. They are arresting people and have sent in troop reinforcements," he said. "As part of the regime's campaign to starve the people, troops are raiding homes, destroying food stocks and equipment," he added. "For example, if they see a sewing machine, they destroy it. "They go into bakeries and destroy the dough. There are 15-hour power cuts a day."
Bashar al-Assad cannot survive for long, his uncle says: Rifaat al-Assad told the BBC that the level of violence on the streets was too high for his nephew to survive. Mr Assad has lived in exile since he unsuccessfully tried to seize power from his brother, Hafez, in the 1980s. In February 1982, he led a military assault on Hama to suppress an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, leaving between 10,000 and 25,000 people dead.
Although Rifaat al-Assad tried to oust Hafez in a coup while he was recovering from a heart attack and was effectively sent into exile in 1984, he was only formally stripped of his position as vice-president in 1998. When Bashar became president following his father's death in 2000, Rifaat criticized the succession as a "real farce and an unconstitutional piece of theater". He considered himself the legitimate successor.
U.N.-Arab League Syria Envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Monday that the Syrian government has agreed to begin withdrawing its troops from towns and cities and will complete its military pullback by April 10. Kofi Annan briefed the 15-nation Security Council via a video link from Geneva during a closed meeting. Afterwards, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, who holds the council’s rotating presidency this month, told reporters that Annan reported on the Syrian pledge to implement the cessation of hostilities.
“Mr. Annan reported that the Syrian foreign minister sent him a letter yesterday in which he said the Syrian military will begin immediately -- and by April 10 will complete -- the cessation of all forward deployment and use of heavy weapons and will complete its withdrawal from population centers," said Rice.Rice added that the opposition fighters would then be expected to stop fighting within 48 hours of the April 10 deadline. It would be nice but no way.