Assad’s troops retreat from Golan, leaving Islamist rebels to confront Israel

 Isaiah 17:1
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)
Tags:  Bashar Assad   Syrian army   Syrian rebels   Golan   Israel   Al Qaeda Syria 
Syrian rebels occupy Golan
Syrian rebels occupy Golan

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.

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