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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Scoop? Coup in Syria? first attempted scoop of major media:

A Coup d' Etat took place in Damascus late last night. Intelligence reports coming from within the Syrian Military Command indicate the following: A rebellion split The Syrian Army in two factions . Since yesterday , Damascus is under the de facto control of the Syrian Army, under the command of Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan, and supported by Syrian Intelligence General Rustom Ghazaleh, Syrian military General Ali Safi, and Firas Tlass son of former Minister of Defence, Mustafa Tlass. The group rebelled against the decision of President Bashar el Assad to withdraw from Lebanon and seized the Damascus military yesterday.

Precise Intelligence reports coming from Syria indicated massive army troops deployment around the capital Damascus. Most of the military Barracks of the Syrian Army around Damascus gave allegiance to the dissidents: Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan and General Ali Safi. These people in the Syrian Army were against the withdrawal from Lebanon.
If true, it does not bode well for the forces of liberty in Lebanon or Syria, but much remains to be played out. If the coup's instigators take a hard line, it could be the opening many of us have wanted to justify military action against Syria. Stay tuned.

Heh! If this is true, it looks like I beat you, Glenn Reynolds! You too, Drudge!

Update: Untrue! Damn! From Joshua Landis of Syria Comment in Damascus:

Someone has a rich imagination. All is normal here as far as I can tell. Sunny
spring day and everyone is bustling about happily. The military attaché at the
US embassy just emailed me about what he should wear to dinner tonight - casual
or formal? Didn’t suggest bullet proof vest, so I assume all is normal.


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