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Report: Syrian army evacuating military commands

Syrian opposition source says Assad's regime has begun evacuating military, intelligence commands in preparation for possible Western attack. Assad's paramilitary gangs reportedly hand in arms, request army protection

Roi Kais
Published: 08.28.13, 13:12 / Israel News

Quoting sources from the Syrian opposition, Al Arabiya has reported that Bashar Assad's regime has begun evacuating sensitive and pertinent security and political facilities in preparation for a possible attack from Western nations.


According to the source, the regime has begun evacuating regional command headquarters as well governmental buildings that could be the target of such an attack. Tuesday, American sources said the rationale for any attack would not be toppling Assad's regime nor would it target chemical weapon stockpiles, rather focusing on army commands.


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Opposition sources claim that trucks evacuated the headquarters of the Syrian army's 4th Division in Damascus which is, according to the report, the division responsible for the chemical attack in Damascus last Wednesday. It was also claimed that army intelligence headquarters were moved to undercover centers.



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Opposition sources further claimed that some of the new security facilities are in the suburbs of Damascus while others are in areas adjacent to their original locations.


In addition to news of the evacuation of official military personnel, it was reported that members of the Shabiha, the paramilitary armed gangs implemented by Assad to terrorize Syrian citizens, have begun returning their arms and security tags to the security administration.


They have demanded that the military provide them with apartments and shelters for their families.


The news came amid numerous statements made by Western leaders that seem to lay the groundwork for a Western attack. British Prime Minister David Cameron's office said that he and US President Barack Obama had 'no doubt' Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime had used chemical weapons against its own people.



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