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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Assad employing Iranian Basij militia

Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has borrowed his friend Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's militia.
The Beirut Observer last week reported that two planes filled with Iran's Basij militia were flown from Iran to Damascus last Saturday. (The story was picked up by Kol Israel Arabic.)

The purpose was to protect the Assad regime from continuing protests throughout the country.

Arabic news sites also mentioned a YouTube video showing a funeral for one of the people killed in Daraa this week, with the protesters chanting "Neither Iran nor Hezbollah ... only to be a Muslim who is afraid of God."

100 Syrians protested in front of the Syrian embassy in Dubai yesterday, saying that "Israel is more merciful than the Syrian regime, she [Israel] did not do what he [Assad] has done to us" and they accused Syria of importing Hezbollah fighters as well to quash demonstrations, also chanting "Neither Iran nor Hezbollah..."

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At 4:50 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Assad regime is opening a handful of pressure valves to let off social steam.

But it is not giving ground on the critical question of who wields the power in Syria.


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