Bashar Assad has evacuated most of the troops of his 5th Army Division from their permanent bases on the Golan opposite Israeli forces and transferred them along with their artillery to Damascus, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. This step was intended by Assad to reinforce the defense of his capital, while at the same time providing the al Qaeda-linked fighters in rebel ranks direct access to the Israel border. In no time, the jihadists are expected to turn their guns and missiles on Israel.
The burden concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2013, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)