‘Syrian Army close to collapse’

Last Updated: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 15:58

London/Washington: The days of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad are numbered with his powerful Army
close to collapse, the country`s most senior defector has
said, urging for an "urgent need for outside intervention".

Giving an insider`s view of the state of the regime,
General Mustafa al-Sheikh, who has taken refuge in Turkey,
said Assad`s Army is close to a collapse, but warned that
could plunge the Middle East into a "nuclear reaction".

In his first interview, the former top Syrian General
told The Sunday Telegraph, "The situation is now very
dangerous and threatens to explode across the whole region,
like a nuclear reaction."

The General`s grim picture of the happenings in Syria
comes as US media reports said that all top Obama
administration officials were now predicting that the Syrian
regime`s downfall could be near.

Calling the bloodshed in Syria as "heartbreaking and
inexcusable", US President Barack Obama has said that Assad
will leave without an outside military shove, but he gave no
indications when.

Though Obama ruled out a military action in Syria, White
House officials say western nations are in touch with Syrian
groups in exile to formulate ways and means to help them
protect themselves from the regime`s forces.

US media reports said the proposals included declaring a
no-fly zone over Syria on the pattern of Libya and arming the
rebels.

The defecting Syrian General told the British paper that
situation in his country was fast running out of hand and said
the solution lied with an effective outside intervention.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 15:58

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