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German spy chief: End is near for Syria's Assad

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Aug. 11, 2012, 2:36 p.m. | World — by Reuters

Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany's BND intelligence agency, said Assad's once 320,000-strongarmy had lost about 50,000 troops since the uprising against his rule began 17 months ago.
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BERLIN - Germany's spy chief said Syria President Bashar al-Assad's government appeared to be in its final phase because its army had been depleted by casualties, deserters and defectors to the opposition.

Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany's BND intelligence agency, said Assad's once 320,000-strongarmy had lost about 50,000 troops since the uprising against his rule began 17 months ago.

Smaller, flexible rebel units were sapping the strength of the army with guerrilla tactics, he told Die Weltnewspaper in an interview published on Saturday.

"There are a lot of indications that the end game for the regime has begun," said the president of theBundesnachrichtendienst agency.

"That (army losses) includes those who have been wounded, deserted and about 2,000 to 3,000 who have defected to the armed military opposition," he said. "The erosion of the military is continuing."

While Assad's grip on the country has been loosened as the uprising has gathered momentum, his forces have overwhelming firepower advantage against lightly armed rebels.

However, Schindler said small rebel units were offsetting that by using their speed and manoeuvrability to strike quickly in ambushes.

"Because of their small size, they're not a good target for Assad's army," he said. "The regular army is being confronted by a variety of flexible fighters. The recipe of their success is their guerrilla tactics. They're breaking the army's back."

Assad is fighting to crush a rebellion that aims to end his family's four decades in charge of Syria. 

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kpxoxol Aug. 12, 2012, 8:23 p.m.    

Expect a big whine from the US terrorist supporters, heh, heh, heh :D

"Syrian authorities have killed one of the ringleaders of al-Nusra Front terrorist group that has been active since the beginning of the national uprising in the country, SANA news agency said on Sunday.

Al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks in Syria, including blasts in Aleppo in January 2012 and terrorist acts against intelligence service officers in Damascus in January and March.

SANA said that the killed terrorist is Wael Mohammad al-Majdalawi (an US CIA trainee and asset). According to preliminary data, he was killed in Damascus and civilians helped police to track him down."

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