Assad Confirmed Dead, Iran Attempts To Control Syria Army
By Israel News Agency Staff
Jerusalem, Israel — March 24, 2013 … Russian media sources have confirmed that Syria President Bashar Assad was shot by an Iranian bodyguard Saturday night.
“The lone assassination pumped several bullets at point blank range into Assad,” said the source. “Assad was rushed to Al-Shami Hospital in Damascus in critical condition. He died on the operating table from heart failure resulting from massive blood loss.”
An Israeli security analyst believes the report to be accurate.
“In the last 24 hours have we seen Assad? Any photographs or video? No. Nor will we see any as loyalists who are closest to Assad have been threatened if any leaked photos or reports reach Western media. Iran is attempting to take control of the Syrian army and its wealth of weapons as Syrian solders are now deserting in mass. I don’t believe that the West will allow any Iranian control of Damascus.”
“There was a reason why Barack Obama visited Israel. And it was not for a photo op with Miss Israel. I don’t think Netanyahu would apologize to Turkey or to anyone. But if it was between a dead Assad and saying sorry to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan I think there was no hesitation in making that telephone call to Ankara.”
The Israeli analyst said that several events have taken place in the last 24 hours including the Syrian army shooting at an Israeli border patrol unit. It is believed that this action was coordinated by Assad loyalists who stood outside the dead President’s hospital room to deflect the global media from the assassination and to pull Israel into a war with the Syrian army. The leader of the Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition announced he was resigning.
Moaz al-Khatib didn’t detail what motivated his decision, in a status update made on social media Website Facebook.
But he did say that he now had the ability to “work with freedom that cannot be available within the official institutions.”
Al-Khatib also said the international community has failed to adequately support the rebels’ fight against Assad.
Opposition members from Syrian’s President Bashar Assad’s Alawite sect demanded his overthrow today and urged their co-religionists in the Syrian army to rebel.
“We call on our brothers in the Syrian army, specifically members of our sect, not to take up arms against their people and to refuse to join the army,” the delegates said in a news release after two days of meeting in the Egyptian capital.
The Israeli analyst said that the Israeli army is on heightened alert in the North and the US is moving a battle carrier group off the Syrian coast. That the US would not tolerate any further action by Iran inside Syria and has warned Iranians to leave the country.
“Assad had complete and total support from both Iran and Russia. They backed Assad in his bloody campaign which resulted in the loss of over 70,000 Syrian civilians. No one helped those Syrians except for one country – Israel. They have taken in dozens of wounded Syrians across the border who are now being cared for in Israeli hospitals.”
“We can expect to see a photo of a dead Assad within 48 hours. There are many phone cameras in the pockets of those guarding his body. One of those photos would be worth almost a million dollars to the one getting that photo out to the Western media.”
OFFICIAL REPORTS SAY HE IS STILL ALIVE
Media websites were abuzz with rumors of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s death on Sunday, after he had supposedly been shot the previous day. But RT later heard from a source close to the government that the news is completely untrue.
The president was reportedly shot dead by his Iranian bodyguard, then taken to a Damascus hospital, as roads were blocked and the surrounding buildings seized by government forces. Then, French weekly, Le Point, reported that the news was denied by the Free Syrian Army. All while some Israeli and Lebanese sources confirmed Assad’s death.
However, a source close to the Syrian government, in a conversation with RT, has dismissed the rumors as outlandish, and the fact that the news had spread at all, bizarre. “It’s not true. Definitely it’s not. The first one to bring this news was an Israeli [website] so it’s a shame to all the news channels, newspapers and websites copying this thing without any source. Just the Israeli website brought this news and all the channels [used]. So it’s ridiculous. And he [Assad] doesn’t have an Iranian bodyguard.”
Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter have widely been blamed for the rumor spreading so quickly.
The fact Assad has not appeared publicly which may have spooked the pro ASSAD army with the rumors may mean there is more to this than they will admit. Mr Assad may be seriously injured and still alive time will tell.
Assad helicopter gunship shot out of the sky as fighting rages in Damascus
- Helicopter was firing on town close to Damascus when it was struck
- Only second time an army aircraft has been gunned down by rebels
This is the moment a Syrian military helicopter burst into flames and plummeted to the ground during fighting in Damascus.
Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad claimed they had shot it down.
It followed reports by the Britain- based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights of intense fighting between Assad’s opponents and troops backed by helicopter gunships in the western suburb of Jobar.