December 13th, 2012
11:19 PM ET

Al-Assad losing control but showing no signs of leaving

By Barbara Starr

The Syrian president's control is crumbling at an accelerating pace but the latest assessment by U.S. intelligence finds few indications Bashar al-Assad is willing to step down, according to U.S. officials.

While Obama administration officials have said during the nearly two-year conflict that it appears al-Assad is weakened, the descriptions provided to CNN by U.S. officials familiar with the latest intelligence suggest the Syrian leader's problems have accelerated internally as the opposition continues to capture more territory.

"It's at its lowest point yet," said one senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of the latest assessments. U.S. intelligence believes the decline has accelerated in recent weeks. "The trend is moving more rapidly than it has in the past."

Photos: Fallen dictators of the past

The officials agreed to talk on the condition their names not be used because they were not authorized to discuss the information with the media.

U.S. to send troops, Patriot missiles to Turkey

The description comes as a key Russian official suggested candidly that al-Assad could very well be defeated by the rising opposition fighters.

"The regime and the government in Syria are losing more and more control and more and more territory," Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bodganov told a Russian government committee. "Unfortunately, we cannot rule out the victory of the Syrian opposition."

The remark was unusually frank from Moscow, given that until very recently Russia had publicly brushed aside suggestions al-Assad was losing control. Still, few think it will lead to a change in Russia's stance to block efforts to force him to leave government.

U.S. official: Syria uses Scud missiles against rebels

Obama officials have publicly warned that al-Assad could resort to more drastic means to fight the opposition as he becomes more desperate.

Intelligence in recent weeks has found indications the Syrian military was mixing precursors for chemical weapons and loading them into bombs, though after public outcry and warnings from leaders around the globe there were signs that activity has "leveled off," according to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

"But my concern is this: that as the opposition continues to move against the regime, particularly as they move towards Damascus, that if the regime feels that it's in danger of collapsing, that it might very well resort to these kinds of weapons. That's what concerns me the most," Panetta said in an interview this week with CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

This week brought new concerns - that the Syrian military had fired Scud missiles at rebels, according to U.S. officials.

The White House spokesman said the use was a sign of al-Assad's "utter depravity" and a U.S. official said it could represent a "growing sense of desperation" by the government. But others within the U.S. government suggest the move might be more tactical than desperate.

If al-Assad is trying to keep his aircraft out of the range of opposition's surface-to-air missiles, the Scuds let him fire from much farther away and still reach into opposition territory, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment.

Syria's president is still controlling some of his military forces and commanders, but U.S. officials believe he and his top advisers are showing less ability to maintain control than they did six to eight months ago.

"There has been a strongly downward steady progression" in al-Assad's grip on power," said the senior U.S. official.

The United States believes "the wall around him is slowly coming down," said the senior official of the strong inner circle around al-Assad. "We are saying there are indicators there is weakening around Assad."

Rebels say endgame in sight: 'We welcome this fight'

That said, this senior official and other U.S. administration officials tell CNN that as of now there is no indication al-Assad is making plans to step down.

A second official said the leader and his commanders appear to be fully aware the opposition has made significant military gains in recent weeks and that Assad "is not out of it" in his understanding of the current situation.

The signs point to this conflict being resolved through fighting, not through a diplomatic or political solution, said a former U.S. ambassador to Syria.

Syrian regime approaching collapse, NATO chief says

"My sense is that this will be ultimately decided through force of arms on the ground" - despite the Obama administration's reluctance to give heavy weapons to rebels, former Ambassador Frederic Hof told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

Given that, the continuing concern is a sudden implosion of the Syrian government and a resulting security vacuum. The senior official said the United States feels it has enough intelligence indicators to be aware when that may happen.

Even with the rebel advances, the Syrian military forces that have stayed to fight for the government appear to be holding firm in their loyalty. There are signs that military defections at the commander level are slowing, though the U.S. analysts are not sure why, according to a second U.S. official.

"There is still regime control over the military despite the fact they recognize the opposition force has improved," said the second U.S. official, also directly familiar with the latest assessment on Syria said.

It could be the major period of defections is over, or there is tighter security. There continues to be some defections, especially of lower level troops, the second official said.

CNN's Jill Dougherty contributed to this report.

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    December 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  5. american

    The problem is.... Assad is the only level headed half a** middle eastern leader left.... once he leaves we will have some radical jihadist government to replace him with. I still think its wrong hes destroying the whole country just to stay president.....

    December 17, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
  6. sam kohen

    There is a film Nicholas & Alexandria about the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. They show him living in a Disneyland World completely oblivious to how his people were faring. The film actually never shows him mingling with his people asking them how they are faring and how he can help. Actually the film shows the general people going hungry and living in real poverty while he lives in a fairy tale world.

    In 1905 a local bishop, Father Gapon led a group of people to the Winter Palace to ask Tsar Nicholas II for help. As they approached the palace they met a unit of Cossacks who shot straight into the unarmed crowd. How many people were killed is not really known.

    In the next scene Tsar Nicholas asks his Prime Minister Witte who ordered the Cossacks to shoot, to which Prime Minister Witte asks him if he would have spoken to them to which the tsar says, 'certainly not'. The Prime Minister then tells him that his reply to the people were bullets, and eventually the people would answer him back with bullets.

    Twelve years later that is exactely what happened to Tsar Nicholas. It is quite obvious that President Assad never saw this film. All he had to do is give his people some freedom but when he gave that stupid speach to his parliament back in March2011 making it clear that he had no intention of making any changes, that was the beginning of the end for him. Tsar Nicholas was a stupid man. It seems so is President Gadaffi and President Assad as well.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  7. Homer10

    Bashar, there coming for you. It won't be pretty. Remember Momar? How about Sadam? It didn't go well for them, and you are on the same road. Why don't you give Putin a call? See if he has a nice place in Moscow for you to rent. You can steal billions from the Syrian gov, and slink off into the night like the criminal you are. However if you stay it won't end very well for you. I see extreme violence in what's left of your life.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  8. RUDY

    Telling lie's is allowed by the US media, this comes from a posting on a cnn article;
    RPMartinson Jack Rivera • 4 days ago −
    The Issue with Fox is they lie: In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States."Fox" argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre's claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so". Btw why are us citizens so upset with masskillings in there own country but less in Iraq, Afghanistan , Libya, Syria by theyre own Military, CIA or other black ops interventions abroad ?

    December 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
    • athiestbob

      because its not part of the Democrat platform to care

      December 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  9. Dictators_R_Us

    Why is Al-Assad's mouth so tiny??? HAs anyone else noticed that,like,his head is shaped like a bowling-pin,and his mouth is so small!!

    BTW,Syria gets their weapons from Iran,and Iran gets their weapons from....RUSSIA!!!! The USSR!!!!!!! Kill those Red Commies like we were planning in the 60's,then peace will reign on Earth!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Homer10

      It's all that inbreeding in the Al-Asad family. It creates a lot of genetically flawed idiots.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • massoud

        you must have the Al Assad family mixed up with the House of Windsor when you speak of inbreeding, just sayin'......

        December 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Thank you Dictators_R_Us, for showing us what a weak minded, warmongering Tea Partier you truly are. No wonder we can't have peace in the world with idiots like you around!

      December 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  10. Bezboz

    Whoever is directing policy in the state dept or HLS, he will NOT leave office abruptly because it will mean hundreds of thousands of his people will be killed in cold blood. Until that fact is clear to you, you are not seeing and undersanding the big picture. This is not Lybia and not Iraq.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Kasey

      If you can't spell the name of the country right, stop posting - it's Libya.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
      • Ted

        Let them fight till total destruction ala nazi Germany.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
      • Homer10

        But hay. It's an honest mistake.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  11. keith cossairt

    so, we are toppling another sectarian govt with religious tollerance and replacing it with alqeada extremists ? who is thinking up this policy ???? and why ????

    December 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • Dani Sayyah

      Your not Toppling nothing! ..
      the people rose up and are going to defeat al-assad..
      the US and the world had nothing to do with it
      no one supplied the syrian people with weaponry ..
      THE US ...gave them communication equipment
      all weapons are from facilities in syria and from the defection of the army units

      get your facts straight buddy

      December 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
      • James

        the weapons are from Israel, turkey, and the Wahabi governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Syrian will be back to stone ages and you will be riding camels soon idiot

        December 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
      • Homer10

        Good. We have been meddeling in the Middle East far too much. Also we need to keep our expenses down. That deficite you know. So we give a little help just where it's needed. Much more cost effective.

        December 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
      • Hani

        Dany.. please stop your comments..what you saying is not true.. please review your source of info,

        December 15, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  12. bert f.

    Part of me wants to eventually see Bashar Al-Assad hanging upside down like Mussolini at the end of WW II.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • Homer10

      Remember follow these instructions when beating a subhuman ex dictator to death:
      1. First start with emotional torture. Tell him what the mob is going to do to him.
      2. Start by smashing the hands, and feat. minimal shock. Now's the time to administer some sort of stimulent to heighten the pain.
      3. Gag the dictator to prevent the screams. Screaming is a way of coping with pain. Preventing the screams, increases the pain.
      4. Now with clubs, and bats work the blows inward to the arms and legs.
      5. Then apply deap blows to the central torso.
      6. Finally go for the head to end it. Avoiding the head until the very end makes certain that the dictator remains concious until the very end.

      Source, A Syrian training manual on tourcher written by Bashar's father. Poetic Justice.
      What do you think Bashar? Did I get it right? You should know.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  13. CNNCntVerify

    All the news from Syria actually indicate that the Syrian army is winning against the FSA Jihadi terrorists NOT the other way around. Even though the FSA terrorists are getting stronger arms and unlimited supply of Jihadi fighters are still getting trained, armed and sent from Turkey, they are only winning the media war. The reality on the ground is very different. Even after almost 2 years of posting unverified news, CNN war propaganda machine doesn't get tired of spreading war propaganda lies.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Tony

      I am very sure you lost your mind pal. To be a loyalist to a criminal derranged president and his thugs mean you are a criminal like them. The whole world are denouncing your regime. Unfortunately, the FSA has to rely on god only and few support from arabs who felt embaraced from doing nothing. Your beloved Alawite president is killing people in line waiting for bread. Destroying hospitals and preventing minimum medical services. Your fellow Alawites are slaughtering children and women in cold blood. Any person in this world no bad how they are have more human values than you.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
      • crana

        Whoa, you are drinking cool aid, aren't you? Criminal, deranged president? Where do you get your news, ha? The man is a secular president with a very sophisticated British wife. Those who are fighting are basically Al-qaida and similar groups. Not that there are secular, liberal minded people in the opposition. But they are a tiny minority. The biggest opposition groups are simply terrorists. I don't understand why the US has not learnt from past mistakes of funding extremist Islamist groups such as Al-Qaida (in Afghanistan in the 80's). These same groups will turn around and bite us. If people understood this reality and still supported such actions, I am fine with that. But the kind of ignorance I see on this message board is truly amazing. How the US is the richest and most innovative nation in the planet when its citizens are this imbecilic, I don't understand!

        December 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • CNN Cnt Verify

        Hey Tony.....you said "Your fellow Alawites are slaughtering children and women in cold blood." and "Your beloved Alawite president"......From your racist comments, I can clearly say that you "care" so much about "freedom" and "democracy"!!!!......LOL you are a joke.......... By the way I hate to disappoint you but I am Christian and as an American Christian from a Syrian decent, I find it too dumb that you call yourself Tony...... You are either an "Ahmed" fanatic Muslim that has been brainwashed into believing that the hate and revenge Jihad against the infidels is a Godly thing or a "Jacob" posting hate comments to stir sectarian conflicts in Syria..... Regardless, you are not Syrian since true Syrians care about their country and all its people regardless of their religions and ethnicities and strive to keep Syria SECULAR.

        December 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • FJohns

      Where did you get your facts? LOL
      if the FSA wasn't winning .. why has it lasted 2 years?
      do you not understand WAR?
      the longer it takes for this to go on .. the worst its getting for your Syrian Terrorist Sectarian Regime of Assad and the Allewites .. its a matter of time till they hang him.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • Ma Dez

        Just a matter of time like Saddam or worse, Khadaffy....

        December 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  14. Brathead

    I wish someone would find Assad and take him out. He has no respect for his country or the people. Otherwise he would step down & end the bloodshed.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • tyuow

      You have no real idea of what is going on at all do you? Your just here to spout off some over the top comments. Syria in reality has not done a whole lot wrong. But because of the "Arab spring" everyone thought that there leaders would just roll over. It does not work that way at all. Reguardless im very interested to see how this whole mess will play out, I dont think the rebel fighters have enough of anything on there own to get this done.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  15. Die Beaker Die

    What kind of people would put up with " Beaker " as their leader ?

    December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  16. Mr.Robert

    We all heard about abuses from his regime, but once he is ousted from office, what comes next? There are reports of attrocities, committed by the so called rebels, on captured loyal officers or even soldiers. What kind or type of government will be there in Syria once Assad is gone?

    December 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • 111Dave111

      Clearly there are going to be more atrocities. 40,000 deaths so far. I doubt Mr. el Assad, his family, or advisers will survive. Peace will com slowly.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  17. Tahir

    Killing rebels is allowed in Islam. In Islam no person is allowed to fight with weapons against a Govenrment where they are living. These rebels are US agents and have nothing to do with ISAM.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Jj

      Ya hundreds of thousands of syrians fighting the brutal dictatorship of assad are US agents....you are an idiot....

      December 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • diana horton

      someone has been hitting his head on the ol prayer rug to many times.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  18. Tahir

    Syrian rebels will soon reach New york like Sir Osama bin laden.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • ROCKET MAN

      yuck foo you sand dan

      December 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Mason

      Really?.........the last time I check ur SIR was been fed to sharks

      December 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • alfonds

      DId you mean Sir Barrac Obama?

      December 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  19. Aladdin

    If using Scud missiles against terrorists is an example of utter depravity, what do you call car bombings and the execution of women and children in an Alawite village yesterday?
    The US is now sponsoring terrorism.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • me

      The U.S has always funded terrorist. They feed off war.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Tony

      If you live in glass house do not throw stone at others. Alawite will harvest what they plant. You supported a sick man and his family and ignored syrians who opened their arms to you( alawites) for more than 50 years. You proved that you have no nationalistic feeling and no respect to human value you disgraced syria and made the whole world petty us.
      You made generous syrian people poor and refugees. I just feel bad for the innocent alawites whoes hands are clean. The French revolution will repeat itself that what the history tell us.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
      • Matt

        You are an ignorant person be quite.

        December 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  20. Liberty

    Assad, you're finished, and you will go down in history as a vile and ruthless dictator. Your name, like that of Hitler and Stalin, will prompt disgust, when it is mentioned. Your family will live in shame, because of you.

    It's time for you to face justice for your crimes. First you must stand before a jury of your peers, and then you will stand in judgment before God.

    If I were you, I'd fear both–but I'd especially fear the latter. That one's for eternity.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  21. Randy

    First of all,I would just like to point out that the way you all talk to each other on here disgusts me.All I ever hear is idiot this and imbecile that.Did your mommy not hug you enough as children?If that's the case,I don't care,go cry to Opera.Now,about Syria.The situation there will not end well.Assad is deeply entrenched in Syria and will most likely will either go down with his ship or be granted asylum in Iran or South America.Also,I think that there's a good chance that Turkey or Lebanon or both will have boots on the ground in Syria before it's all over with.Assad will use his chemical weapons on his own people and probably even on his neighbors in the region.I would hope that Assad will use that thing that we all call a brain and gets gone before he gets got.If you think that the way in which Gadhafi met his demise when the Libyan rebels found him,wait till you see what the Syrians will do to Assad.I thnk that what we're seeing right now is simply the calm before the storm.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  22. bcgyujnbvfgjbv

    SOME MIGHT BE WILLING TO CONSIDER A CONSOULTING FEE BASED ON ASSADS ABILITY TO COOPERATE

    December 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  23. ZASKAR

    now the brotherhood can take over Syria.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • SOLOMON

      NOW YOU CAN BUILD THE THIRD TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT

      December 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  24. SOLOMON

    GREAT ARTICLE BARBARA. YOUR A CHAMPION

    AKA Spear chucker

    December 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  25. laeinstein

    He's really a good guy dictator- educated in England- favorite shows are the Flintstones and American Idol and was the guest of honor at a Laker's Game- How bad could he Be?

    December 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  26. bcgyujnbvfgjbv

    IF ASSAD WANTS TO SURENDER HIS FORCES HE SHOULD SAY SO AND THE CLEAN UP CAN BEGIN

    December 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
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    December 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  28. Prophet from God

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    December 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Icurheinie

      Americans don't read posts in all CAPS because they find it offensive. It's like someone is yelling at them, like some amateur. Do your homework. Free Syria from that idiot Assad!

      December 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  29. Prophet from God

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    December 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  30. bcgyujnbvfgjbv

    DONT BLAME THE SOLUTION BLAME THE PROBLEM

    December 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  31. Julie

    In other news you'll never see on CNN:

    The Israeli army has been accused of mistreating journalists after soldiers allegedly assaulted two cameramen before forcing them to strip and kneel in the street, and exploding a tear-gas canister in their faces.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • stan

      ooooooooooooo "accused"!!! by Palestinian media no doubt...........ooooooooooo "accused" by Julie!! oooooooooooo LOL

      December 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
      • Ian

        Go to youtube, search IDF abuse. Open your eyes.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  32. Andrey

    So Assad is prepared to stay with his people and to defend his country whatever: that really shows him as a true dictator and evil man! Any democratically elected (i.e. good) politician would have already turn his back and run like hell...

    December 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  33. Angel

    Justice will come...Assad might end like the leader of Germany in 1945...when he'll see that he cannot escape...Justice for those who suffered, were raped by the less than animals, the poor little children and all others ...

    December 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  34. Rocky Timmons

    The damm germans are behind this

    December 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  35. outspoken

    Assad will leave. How about Kings ( Butchers) of Jordan and Saudi and Gulf ? Those are buddies of USA. Hypocracy
    and Double standard.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  36. Joe Schmoe

    A sniper would do wonders for this Assad problem. One bullet. Very efficient.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • parabolid71

      Yes, that would be good in Holywood movie. Unfortunately for that mind set there is this thing called reality, and it is "slightly" more complicated than a movie.
      Keep watching more movies.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • Edward

      Some might have said the same regarding the warmonger Bush!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  37. Arias

    I'm kind of more terrified with whatever government is going to form after Assad is overthrown. Just look at Egypt.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • parabolid71

      If you are terrified please go see psychiatrist. They can help people who are terrified. It may identify a real source of your fear, and I can tell you Egypt is not it.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Arias

        Is that what your shrink does? Helps you through your fears so you can face the world with enough courage to tell others online they should go see a shrink? Given how you've turned out, it's just not worth it.

        December 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  38. real rob

    very unfortunate, but not unexpected, this guy was off in psychpath world long before this even started and they dont change, with them? it is always! "someone elses fault",, always!, The weapons are the concern now,after Libya etc and the loss of so many to who knows who?, that needs to be carefully planned ahead of time,.. not only the gas etc, but also all the small arms and intermediates as well,some method of in situ destruction would be the best tactic wethinks,,it is not good storing them etc and or shipping them as thousands will only go astray via that method,Russia,s concerns in this are understandable to some extent, They have a few "assads" of their own and are scared that what happens there, can happen in russia as well,,[can too btw], their best move is to learn! from this instead of reacting with fear,,will they?.. can they?.. good questions,, "wars are begun by frightened men"..note please?.. "frightened MEN!"..NOT WOMEN,.. MEN!,and in that is quite likely a solution to avoiding all the pain and suffering of innocents, again,..Balance is extremely important in these things,lets hope? they are slowly getting an understanding of why this is so,,

    December 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  39. nbghjhgfgjkjhv

    HOW MANY QUOTE ON QUOTE GROUPS IN THE WORLD CALL WAR ZONES PARIDISE

    December 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  40. Julie

    In other news you'll never see on CNN:

    Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns after criminal charges of fraud and money-laundering were brought against him.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • parabolid71

      Wrong. That extreme right wing guy is foreign minister, not defense (ofense) minister. Barak is ofense minister and he announced his resignation after election in January.
      He might be getting ready for IWCT in Hague, who knows.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  41. orion7x

    Why do these guys always take it to where they get killed before they go away? There is not point in what he is doing...

    December 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  42. nbghjhgfgjkjhv

    TERRORISTS COME AND TERRORISTS GO BUT TERRORISTS NEVER CHANGE

    December 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  43. nbghjhgfgjkjhv

    ANYONE WANT TO OPEN A BOOZERY IN SYRIA

    December 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  44. parabolid71

    Assad will not leave withot a fight because he has learned the lesson from Sadam Hussein and Gaddafi. He will be killed. He may as well go down fighting, because he has no incentive for leaving. His choices are death in fight or death without fight. He has chosen to fight. This will go on for some time. It has been going on already for almost two years.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • orion7x

      What, just the opposite... where did you get that?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  45. hvfftyuhvfthj

    SATAN LIVES

    December 14, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Jim

      I say if he and his regime uses biological weapons and we catch them, their death sentence should be death by the same biological weapon theu used on their people.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • ken

      He died? People were saying Stan was around for centuries but no one actually saw him. Where is he?

      December 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  46. hvfftyuhvfthj

    PAPER OVER ASSAD

    December 14, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  47. Prophet from God

    From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs TO ALL THE LEADERS OF AL QAEDA 2

    December 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • ken

      Why does your god allow women and children to be massacred like they are today throughout the world? I never did meet one person who met god.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  48. hvfftyuhvfthj

    ASSAD WILL NOT LEAVE BECAUSE HE IS A BRUTAL DICTATOR AND BRUTAL DICTATORS DO NOT LEAVE

    December 14, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Josh p.

      Sure Idiot,great Democracy in Libya and Iraq isn,t it?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • tjp44

        really josh....you are calling someone an idiot based upon the removal of regimes that were slaughtering it's own citizens.......really, you are the idiot and to think we claim to be an intellgent nation, yet imbesols like you make liars out of the rest.....WOW

        December 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
      • Sean

        Do not forget the chaos in Egypt, Tunisia, Afghanistan and others where Islamic Theocracy used the democracy ladder to take over political power and when that happens you will never see democracy as we know it again!!!

        December 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  49. Valeno

    The military personel and batteries that are being sent to Turkey will later be used to help the Kudish for their independence from Turkish control at the end of the day, that's how liberation goes...

    December 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  50. Prophet from God

    From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs TO ALL THE LEADERS OF AL QAEDA

    December 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
  51. Prophet from God

    From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs / From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs TO ALL THE LEADERS OF AL QAEDA

    December 14, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  52. Prophet from God

    From God to all the leaders of al qaeda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMCASxPfGs

    December 14, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • ___

      There is no god

      December 14, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  53. Brian

    I would continue not to help anyone in this civil war. For years, Syria has been a state sponsor of terror activities against the West. That includes the people themselves. Given the history of that region, whomever has control of Syria will still be under the control of Iran, whether be it the dictator or the opposition.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • parabolid71

      You have been brain washed. Give us one example of so called Syrian "terrorist activities aginst west". One example would be enough. Do you know a single one?
      The fact they do not like Israel that occupies their teritory (Golan height) is anothe issue, and Israel has never been "west". It is located in Middle EAST, and populated by mostly EASTERN European immigrants. Either way it is EAST not west.
      Syrian activities against Israel is their problem, not problem of the west.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  54. ph

    Be thankful that these animals have decided to fight *amongst themselves* in this region of the Medieval East.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Tony

      You are the descendat of barbaric animals who destroyed Europe in the middle age and the lately in world war II as well as the holocast. Muslims are not animals and they are one third of the world population. Any person in his right mind will realize how evils you are and other Fanatics who express their hate on CNN posts. You are an ignorant person who is under enfluence of drugs.. go and read about the history and civilization or do some thing good for humanity than spilling your venome.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
      • Mr. Taterhead

        *** yawn ***

        December 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  55. Jaimie

    Its to bad he did not leave Syria. But who would want to be the host to this monster? The FSA will catch up with him. Then we need to weed out those "who are not desirable".

    December 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  56. SayanIndia

    Dictators (short-sighted by nature) seldom abdicate, well known fact, and usually get hanged/shot/butchered in end.

    Sayan.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  57. trex

    ..........anybody know what the OVER/UNDER is on ..............when Assad's head is used as a soccer ball in Damascus?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • trex

      .........I'm gonna take...UNDER

      December 14, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Mr. Taterhead

      Under The Fence, Over the Car....SCORE !!!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • ken

      Yes it is not going to be a pretty site watching AQ kicking his head around.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  58. Ed

    Here is the deal, who cares?
    They can all kill each other if they want to.
    Why is the US and CNN even paying attention to destructfull Muslims?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • Tony

      We know whom you are ; either a fanatic zionist, Assad supporter or fanatic ungreatfull coptic christian. Most likely the first.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • Ian

        Islam is a religion of hatred and death. Every time you mention anything bad about it they start rioting and killing people. Barbarians. Get out of the stone age.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  59. Grumpy2012

    Note this comment: "If al-Assad is trying to keep his aircraft out of the range of opposition's surface-to-air missiles, the Scuds let him fire from much farther away and still reach into opposition territory, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment."

    Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi trying to negotiate with terrorists for 20,000 SAM's in the hands of Al Qaeda. The week following 9/11, shipments of SAM's to Syrian rebels began.

    What the President does not want the country to know is that Al Qaeda now has 20,000 SAM's in their possession. Once smuggled into the US, a single terrorist could bring down several commercial airlines at a busy airport within minutes.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
  60. tom adams

    Assad is not crazy. He will kill as many as is necessary until the rebel terrorists are destroyed, which is okay with me. He has the right as the country's legitimate ruler to kill anyone trying to take over the country, including anyone giving support to the rebels.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Sean

      Damn right!!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • tommy

      your out of your mind The poor people of Syria have been suffering to long under his regime This sick individual has got to go and soon the people of Syria will get him and liberate there country

      December 14, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
      • Sean

        they will suffer a million time more under an Islamic theocracy! Look at what is happening in Egypt!

        December 14, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Tony

      Your statement is clear reflection of deep hate, people like you are replica of evil on this earth. Because of such persons like you we have senseless wars and destruction. Stop your hate and be real. I am very surprized that those supporter of ASSAD killing machine still posting their comments along with other fanatics. CNN post showed the world that those evils exist and they have no brain. Their blood and heart is full of hate which in the long run will destry them..

      December 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • jcieslik

      the oil ends only seas of sands left the stone era or the arab world will end... howgh

      December 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  61. Tony

    Most of the syrian christians are for the revolution in Syria. Many are afraid to speak out because of the barbaric consquence that can be inflicted on them for being truthfull. Christans in Syria have suffered from the Assad regime like any other syrians. Large portion immigrated to USA, Canada, Australia, Latin America...ect.
    No body will forget what Assad father did to lebanese in Beirout Ashrafia, Zehleh...
    For Assad supporter do not lie by claiming you are christians, your game is over and you are so stupid to follow the man who led you to your demise..

    December 14, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
  62. Tony

    Look carefully and analyze the picture of Bashar Al Assad, don't you see major similarity to Hitler... This is a mad schizophrenic man that has little IQ. He is a mentally sick man that have lead Syria into this disaster... Well president Obama is not any better.. he is a controlled popet.. he does nothing without the advice of Israel..Israel want syria to be destroid and weakened. Those who claim they are the children of the holocast survival.. and keep crying in media channels about the horrific past.. now they are silent ..but also enjoying watching the syrian turmoil because it support their agenda.. They are liers they donot like any body except themself.. have fun now but your future is different.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • pdenorte

      IQ? You implicitly endorse eugenics and use a Hitler analogy in the same paragraph. Now that 's real irony!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • Sean

      Very strange and ridiculous analogy!!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • dorkdinggler

      The above BS is definitely the rhetoric of a MADMAN!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
    • ken

      The US' support of Israel is not because of it's past but because of it's strategic position in the ME plus they are an ally to the western countries. Your post is utter nonsense.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        That make sense Ken.... you take a schisphrenic paranoid Israel to therapy rather than follow schizophrenic ideas that lead to the destruction of the world...keep support schizophrenic by following their ideas...

        December 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • parabolid71

        And what is so strategic about Israel's position in ME?
        Does it have oli? Great natural resources? Does it control Suez cannal?
        Since Plaestinians are coccupying the same "strategic area" one would expect huge US support for Plaestine as well and somehow it is not happening. Very strange, Mr. strategist. Your statement of "strategic location" is just ridiculous.
        One has to be profoundly mentally retarded to buy that argument.

        December 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  63. fiftyfive55

    Here we go again.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  64. Hani

    I really do not know from where American adminstration is picking their news!!!.they think that people are cheaps and they just believe their source of data?.

    I know a Syrian Christian gentleman from Jaramana, Damascus. His brother is servicing with the Syrian army. He told me that the army has decided to withdraw from a number of useless military bases around Syria jas it is very hard to send daily support to those bases. Those bases are the ones stolen by Al-Qaeda members and certainly that will not harm the army and the regime.

    He informed me that you need to just hear a very good news to be announced coming days. The good news will be about the army destroying Al-Qaeda in the major cities.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • jerry

      I think you need to pick up other news sources other than just American newspapers. Most of the world on line news. All Europe, even Russia, Lebanon, Turkey, all pretty much say the same as the American press. Give up reading Saana or at least believing anything it prints.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
      • Josh p.

        I am as American as apple pie,but I would be more incline to believe New from the Syrian Government,then here from CNN.

        December 14, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • tjp44

        go to Syria then Josh and tell us what you believe when you return...if you do....

        December 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  65. mardjan

    Actually the US has put the most successful group of the opposition on the terror list. Many groups inside Syria have rejected the Coalition endorsed by the US. Looks to me as if instead of helping the situation we made it more complicated, now we have opened a third front which is well funded but has neither the firepower of the government nor the presence on the ground of AlNusra. Thinking that these guys will take over is far fetched.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • ken

      The US didn't endorse anybody in the conflict. They sent communications support to the opposition because of the suffering the Syrian people were experiencing. It is actually because of lack of military support that allowed AQ to infiltrate the opposition. Quit bringing junk here from Faux.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  66. Ralph Petrillo

    I told you they would fall fast, and Iran is the only impediment left. IRan better negotiate. for Israel and teh Palestinians are starting to play ball. Syria, Libya, Egypt all changing. Only Iran left, and they may battle well the first three months, but then the crush will come. Russians will turn on them also as they are leaving the Syrians. RUssia and Iran staying together for what Russian purpose. Russians were attacked by Muslim extremists. They know the end is coming. 1967 to 2017 agreements come into effect.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Russia won't give up on Iran the same way they haven't given up on Syria, they buy guns, planes, tanks, and every other weapon of war, they don't want to lose such a good customer.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
      • JerseyJeff

        What?
        Russia has sanctioned Iran repeatedly and refuses to sell them modern military equipment and Russia condemned Iran again just recently for not following the IAEA.

        Russia thinks very little of Iran and is on the same page as the rest of the World when it comes to them. Iran is a global pariah and has no friends besides Syria and North Korea.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • parabolid71

        Russia (Soviet Union) and Britain invaded Iran during WWII to get access to their oil to fight Germany.
        Iran is self sufficient in military harware so they do not need Russia.
        The other thing is that population of Iran is 4 times larger than Syrian, and Iranians are not Arabs.
        One of unintended consequences of "regime change" policy could be (undesired) regime change in Bahrein and Saudi Arabia. If that happens and it could it would be lovely to see when propaganda machinery goes in overdrive.

        December 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  67. les

    assad is a dead man walking. We can only hope Obama knows what he is doing with the opposition and that Syria does not wind up with a fundamentalist regime. Obama seems to have no trouble speaking to and dealing with fundamentalists, at least when they are Islamic.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • Ian

      Obama has no idea what he is doing. We are supporting thinly veiled terrorists by helping these so called "rebels". Look at Egypt. We tossed out a long time ally of our country for an extremist government. Excellent. Obama is either incompetent or extremely dangerous.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  68. stan

    Assad has he suitcase packed, his money has been sent to Switzerland and he has his plane ticket...

    December 14, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • maths

      good, let him leave peacefully. if people are calling for his blood, he'll kill scores to protect himself

      December 14, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
  69. JerseyJeff

    The United States should support democratic movements, whether or not it is in our short-term interests because in the long-run, democracies will be more stable and representative.

    I think the US really missed an opportunity with Syria by not providing aid to the rebels. They basically hate us now for abandoning them while rebels and Syrian civilians were put through a grinder by the Syrian military. That being said, it is never too late to do the right thing and the US should support and help guide the rebels into a proper democracy. They might be upset we blacklisted Al Nusra right now, but after Assad is toppled the FSA will thank us for doing that once the Civil War moves into the next phase against splinter extreme groups and Hezbollah and Iranian fighters that will try to destabilize a democratic Syria.

    MOST OF ALL.... I look forward to Assad finally being overthrown so the Hezbollah/Iranian spammers leave our news sites alone. It has been SO ANNOYING over this conflict having every comment board of every credible news source polluted with their propaganda spam of nonsense. I really don't even understand why they do it... it doesn't change any real american's mind and it's not like you can fight a war from a blog.... but I guess it makes the Ayatollah happy.

    To any readers.... Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Years full of good fortune, good health and good luck!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • skog

      Yes that stratagy worked absolutly brilliantly in Egypt, they now love us their and will do anything to assist America.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
      • JerseyJeff

        Egypt is in transition. They got the government the people elected. The United States has spent too long trying to pick governments in the Middle East and Egypt is finally learning about democracy and the Muslim Brotherhood is not ideal for the United States, but they are also not doing so well with the people.... and like any democracy, they will probably not win another election, hence correcting to the people's wishes. They have a couple more years to try to prove differently, but I think in the end they will disappoint and Egyptians will look to more Liberal candidates in the next election.
        For once, in Egypt we can say we are not at fault in anyway for the disappointments of the current government... which under Mubarak we could not say.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Sean

      With all due respect that is a naive thinking! Once you have an Islamic theocracy like in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya you will never see democracy as we know it again. They use democracy as a ladder to reach authority and since they are applying Gods will all bets are off!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • parabolid71

      Yes, you are right, it should, but it does not, and that is the problem.
      You keep believing in fairy tales. One day you may grow up.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  70. skog

    I heard that former President Bush is actually responsible for the decision to send in weapons. I have to believe it. Their is no way President Obama would let down his followers and be involved with military action overseas

    December 14, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • JerseyJeff

      regarding the Patriots?

      Why wouldn't we? Turkey is a NATO member and if they feel they need to bolster their air / missile defense to be cautious, why would it be a problem?

      December 14, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
      • skog

        Thank you for proving my point.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:06 am |
      • pdenorte

        Skog: touche' .

        December 14, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • JerseyJeff

      I don't think lending defenses to a fellow NATO ally is a Republican ideal but rather a bi-partisan ideal of loyalty to an ally and upholding our promises under the NATO treaty.

      If Turkey feels threatened by possible missile or air strikes from a crumbling Syria, I do not think the US, Germany and Netherlands sending defensive weapons qualifies as a military engagement or a broken promise from Obama.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
      • skog

        Niether do I , my point is that if it was president Bush, their would be media speculation and calls of war mongering.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • tjp44

      really....a bush bash this late in the game....wake up form that rock you live under, Obama is in his second do nothing term, so you can forget bush as he stands alone now........he is defending our allies.....killing you libs isn't it!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  71. Hani

    Not True.. Stop your your propaganda. I have my family living in Demascus and just yesterday I spoke to them. They informed us that Syrian Army is contriling the City and situation now is much better than few months ago. Also I have friends from Albo City and he informed me that more than 60% to the city plus the airport is still with the Syrian Army of Bashad Al-Asad.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      You must be right and the world news agencies all wrong, after all, your family and friends can see so much more from their front windows, and it must be magical glass so they can see the whole country, rather then having them tell you what's happening perhaps its better you tell them to get the heck out of Damascus before its becomes impossible to do so. It wouldn't be good if one day you called and just got a dead line on the other end. The important question is why have they stayed? Do they support this murderous man al assad? The jig is up, get them to leave while they still can.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • Sean

      I believe you, I don't understand CNN and Obama admin for their support to what so called "resistance"!! Most of these people are not even Syrians! They are the same terrorist the US is fighting in Afghanistan!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
      • tjp44

        like you know anything.......I am sure you have a security clearance! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        December 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • jerry

      If Damascus is so safe why is the world press including Russia saying that Russia has serious doubts about Assad surviving much longer. Fighting is heavy in the city..Russia getting ready to evacuate their people out of Syria.. Your relatives (although I doubt seriously you know any one in Syria) better be running or protect themselves from the on slaught that will happen. May God be with those poor souls

      December 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
  72. dan

    As we use Al'Qaeda and other islamic radicals to over throw a government that hasn't invaded another country....nice....here's your hope, peace, and change for ya obama fans!

    December 14, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • JerseyJeff

      Do you really think the USA is working with Al Qaeda or are you just spouting Hezbollah/Syrian/Iranian propaganda?

      Do you realize how RIDICULOUS it would be for the US to work with Al Qaeda? The NUMBER ONE ENEMY of the United States???

      Sometimes I think one should use their own mind before believing complete drivel. If you use even the smallest bit of logic, you will be able to see through that complete piece of fiction you wrote.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
      • Chris

        It's not crazy when you consider we did work with them in the 80's

        December 14, 2012 at 9:25 am |
      • realPerson

        Jeff do you just get paid to spew this drivel, responding to any posts that do not toe the MSM line? We are directly supporting groups who film themselves beheading civilians, mass murdering bound captives, strapping innocent men into vehicles rigged with explosives, and carrying out ethnic cleansing.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:34 am |
      • pdenorte

        It 's just more evidence of a foreign policy based substantially on wishful thinking.....

        December 14, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • JerseyJeff

        @real person

        What? I get paid to write here?
        If I did not have time in EWR to kill and finished reading the NYT and WSJ already, I would not be here and unless somebody was paying in the mid 6 figures to write, nobody could afford me.

        Believe it or not, some Americans are quite well educated and well traveled.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • JerseyJeff

        @Chris

        Yeah.... WAY before they attacked the US and killed thousands of innocents, including my neighbor, school mates and colleagues of mine.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:47 am |
      • tjp44

        totally agree JJ, but that is asking much if you read many posts.......................oh well!

        December 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
      • tjp44

        realperson or real stupid...probably both

        December 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • Ian

        JerseyJeff,

        Was that drivel supposed to be impressive? Wow, the Wall Street Journal AND the New York Times. You are so learned, we must bow to your feet. This just in, this is the internet, I can say I am the King of England but that doesn't make it so. The only people who buy that crap are fellow nitwits like yourself.

        You should have your arm looked at, probably badly sprained from patting yourself on the back so hard.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  73. Sean

    Why Obama is promoting Islamic theocracy in the Middle East. These ideologies are completely the opposite of our values in America. Islamic Theocracy is against democracy, individual freedoms, human rights and list goes on. They only wants to enforce sharia law on everyone. Why Obama wants to do that? Why the Congress and the media are not commenting on that?

    December 14, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Wrong Sean. Barack Obama is not prompting Islamic Theocracies anywhere but trying to establish U.S. backed pseudo-democracies willing to carry out orders from Washington D.C.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
      • pdenorte

        Is that what they 're "trying ". Well then it seems they're failing, and badly.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  74. Mladen

    This is essentially a 3-way conflict. There are secular regime, Islamist and assorted democratic-liberal coalition. Hard-line regime supporters and hard-line Islamist hate each other and will not collaborate, but some of each side hate West even more. It's not possible to eradicate Islamist, only perhaps drive them underground, with lots of war. It is possible to fracture regime supporters on several factions, but if it's done by West, they will hate it with whole hearts. In case rebels achieve unconditional win on battlefield and scatter regime supporters, liberals will remain weaker side which can be pushed asside. Much smarter idea would be to engineer elections and play role of hard-to-get kingmaker.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
  75. Veritas

    Al Assad is an unbelievably vile war criminal, but clearly parts of the opposition are also. The problematic aspect of this conflict is to figure out who is actually fighting whom, and not allow some filthy islamists to come to power.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Quigley

      Let's all hope that the forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad win out in the end, thus depriving the right-wing thugs in Washington of taking control of yet another Middle Eastern country, Veritas. Speaking of war crimnals, Barack Obama is even worse than Assad since he killed more people with those godless drones and Apache helicoptors that the forces loyal to Assad did in Syria.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
  76. nasa1

    You would think he would have learned based on the fall of Ghadafi (Libya)??

    December 14, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
  77. Aha.. THERE they are!

    "... the Syrian military was mixing precursors for chemical weapons..."

    We found one country with no WMD when we KNEW they had them. Years later a bordering country unexpectedly has WMD when we DIDN'T think they had them. Connect the dots. GWB will accept all apologies by proxy.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • ProdigyYank

      Yes, we "did" know that Saddam had WMDs, as did the rest of our Western partners, just correcting that we also knew about Syria's weapons as well for quite some time. I'm not refuting your theory that Saddam might have moved them to Syria at some point (that speculation has been looked into by the intelligence community as well).

      December 14, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
  78. are122

    I suspect Assad will end up like Hussein....the one in Iraq I mean.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
  79. charles bowen

    Assassinate Assad and anyone else in his Regime who poses a threat and end the rule of this stinking pig ....Have a nice day.... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    December 14, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  80. mdreader

    My family originally came from a Christian village in Syria about 30 miles west of Homs, over 100 years ago. Our remaining relatives there are now in Lebanon, pushed out by the Free Syrian Army and the rebels. They have burned the church there, looted and ransacked businesses and homes, and have threatened the Christians in the entire region. The US supports these people...just sayin.....

    December 14, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
    • Dana

      You are LYING. My family is CHRISTIAN! OMG I cannot believe you are such a liar. Free Syrian Army has been protecting my family my entire relatives in Damascus and Lattakia. All these years we had to suck up to Bashar so that he would treat us good. Enough is enough. No more Bashar. We want democracy. The real danger in our country Syria is Bashar and the Alewites not the Sunnis. However you are not educated and you are stupid. So please stop writing nonsense.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • parabolid71

      There is no "Free Syrian Army", those are mercenaries from different places that recently learned how to fight and overthrow previous rulers. Thei incentive is monetary and material (loothing captured property). This is not ideological fight for those guys. They could care lees. They would overthrow Mother Teresa's government for couple of bucks.
      Now, people pulling the string have their "vision" and they are trying to remove the last Arab nationalist, and replace him with either a puppet or have Syria as failed state to be lees of a "threat" to their "interest" in the region. Unfortunately for them it may backfire like it did in Lybia.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • couvs1983

        The Free Syrian Army is made up by a MAJORITY of Syrians. Not AQ, or any other Islamist group. Here's some truth for you; The Free Syrian Army traces its origin to early defectors from the Syrian army who refused to shoot on unarmed protesters during the Syrian uprising.The first defections occurred when the army was sent into Daraa to quell ongoing protests. There were reports that different units had refused to shoot on protesters and had split from the army. That's their origin. Also here's some proof that they're AGAINST ISLAMISTs; In July 2012, the FSA rescued a British and Dutch photojournalist from their Islamist captors. The journalists, John Cantile and Jeroen Oerlemans, were held hostage for a week by Islamists who accused them of working for the CIA. The FSA stormed the camp, freed the journalists and scolded the hostage-takers. Oerlemans commented: "Where the FSA seems to be fighting for democracy, these foreign fighters don't want anything more than imposing sharia on Syria". In August, the Farouq Battalion (A FSA Battalion) killed the leader of the Islamists who had kidnapped the journalists. One Farouq Battalion member said: "Jihadis don't share in fighting against the regime, because they say we are kafirs, and they won't fight with kafirs". "Kafirs" is a derogatory curse towards other ME peeps that don't give themselves to the sharia ideals... Just sayin'.

        December 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  81. Beavis

    That dude has a big forehead.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
    • nasa1

      Like MAX HEADROOM!

      December 14, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
  82. BloodNThunder

    Pop Asad in the head, gas the filthy rebels, well they dont deserve the name rebel. They are more like deviants that need a bath and idea. Put a fence up and send all the prisoners over.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
  83. empresstrudy

    Well that's it then. Obama just sent the first tranche of occupation troops in. How's that progressive liberal victorious mandate feel now?

    December 14, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
  84. Rudolf vs

    Let us hope Mr. Assad will go the same way as his associate in crime did.
    I cannot wait to see him executed.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
  85. bribarian

    lol American propaganda is hilarious, Assad isnt going anywhere

    December 14, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
    • emad

      ASSAD IS GOING TO BE CUT TO PISCES BY THE GREAT HEROES OF SYRIA THE FREE AND DEMOCRATIC

      December 14, 2012 at 2:52 am | Reply
    • leo

      funny eh? gaddafi said that,Saddam hussein said that,Mubarack said that, bin laden said that,,,,are you following the trend here? is the picture getting less foggy for you Bribarian?

      December 14, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
      • Katz

        Well said Leo. Well said.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  86. emad

    AL ASSAD MAFIA IS TERROR ORGANISATION LINKED TO IRAN AND HIZB ALLAHA IN LEBONON,AND SERVE THE RUSSIAN INTEREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST...

    December 14, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Gee emad, you sound like another mindless Tea Partier with your right-wing, anti-Assad rants.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
  87. emad

    the whole world is watching the slaughterer of Syrian women and children by a Hitler like mas murderer name Bashar al assad.SHAME ON THE HUMAN RACE....

    December 14, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • Fetah

      OH SHUT UP YOU IDIOT. WHY DON`T YOU REPORT THE CRIMES COMMITTED BY REBELS AND THE DAILY SUICIDE BOMBINGS. GADDAFI AND ASSAD ARE GREAT HEROS. THEY WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR BRAVERY! GOD, ASSAD AND SYRIA ONLY!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
      • emad

        IT IS NOT SYRIA AL ASSAD ANY MORE AMIGO , IF FIRING SCUD ON CIVILIAN BY YOUR COWARD ASSAD IS BRAVERY .THEN WE WILL INDITE YOU FOR SUPPORTING CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY..YOU ARE REAL SICK PERSON AND MAY GOD HELP YOU.....

        December 14, 2012 at 2:47 am |
      • Katz

        Wow Fetah it's a good thing we have freedom of speech.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:38 am |
      • charles bowen

        Assassinate Assad now and free Syria.....Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

        December 14, 2012 at 8:19 am |
      • tjp44

        Fetah as in cheese or as in dumb a$$......the latter....take your crap back to the sand

        December 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • bribarian

      Rebel terrorists are being supplies by zi0nists and America. They are the ones who really caused all the bloodshed.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
      • leo

        there is nobody to blame but yourselves. the middle east could have avoided this mess beginning in the last century, you could have had a microphone in your hands and in front of a camera stated your case to world bodies,with all concerned present, instead you would rather guns and bullets, so suck it up.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  88. faisal khawaja

    My brother monsoor khawaja was an american !!!!! he was tortured for year before he died !!!! he had legally changed his first name from monsoor khawaja to monroe khawaja !!!! he died of unknown reasons !!!!! it was unbelievable what took place and i want to know will that be coming out in these reports ?????? i tell u his names because thats how the approached him the last and final time !!!!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
  89. Fetah

    RUSSIA SHOULD HELP THE ASSAD REGIME. YOU ARE TOO WEAK RUSSIA. F U OBAMA AND THE REST. GO TO HELL!

    December 14, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
    • american Patriot

      your leader is a joke.... your country is a joke.... nobody is gonna help some hitler-like leader dropping scuds on hyis own people. they are only gonna pray for his demise.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
  90. Edmond Dantes

    USA and NATO backed terrorist FSA burn Church (http://youtu.be/pVccDjmSkX4) and Shia mosque (http://youtu.be/QlYey0F3HQc) in Syria! CNN is contributing to the murder of minorities in Syria – the same way they did in Iraq!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • emad

      you make me sick you stupid idiot,it is the Syrian people revolution against your fanatic dictator who is destroying the whole country just to stay president...

      December 14, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
  91. TheSurvivalGuy

    Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  92. Edmond Dantes

    USA and NATO backed terrorist FSA burn Church (http://youtu.be/pVccDjmSkX4 ) and Shia mosque (http://youtu.be/QlYey0F3HQc ) in Syria! CNN is contributing to the murder of minorities in Syria – the same way they did in Iraq!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:40 am | Reply
  93. landdestroyer

    Is this the same CNN who lied to us about WMD's in Iraq and caused thousands of US troops to be sent to their grave hunting weapons that didn't exist while our own intel network flooded the country with Al Qaeda from Libya and Saudi Arabia (our ally) to break the back of united Sunni-Shi'ia resistance? Yes, I think it is.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • JD

      THE WMD'S ARE IN SYRIA DUDE. THEY WERE EASILY MOVED TO SYRIA AND MOST IF NOT ALL WILL GO MISSING BEFORE ASSAD IS EITHER KILLED OR EXILED. OBAMA AND PUTIN WILL MKAKE SURE THE WMD'S WILL NOT BE IDENTIFIED AS OF IRAQI ORIGIN..........BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE BUSH RIGHT AND PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF WRONG!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
      • Katz

        I am by no means a Bush supporter but I would love for him to be proven right. I would love for there to be proof of a reason that our troops died.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:40 am |
      • bob

        JD, do you have a source for this? Other than your fevered imagination?

        December 14, 2012 at 7:49 am |
      • mardjan

        What a wonderful world of enchantment you must be living in!

        December 14, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • american Patriot

      there wer wmd's brother.... need to check your history... dont you remember 88 when saddam gassed the kurds in his own country.... chemical weapons.... before our intrusion dont you remember seeing the miles on convoys going from baghdad to syria.... wonder what they were carrying???????

      December 14, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
      • mardjan

        You mean the poison gas that we sold him?We didn't have to invade Iraq to know that we had kept the receipts. No let's face it there were no WMD in Iraq and all those people died for the glory of the Islamic republic of Iran. Ain't it crazy? And you want us to do it all over again!

        December 14, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  94. bill o'rights

    Just a matter of time before our favorite Mid-East Oculist/Despot is dragged through the streets of Damascus, like the other guy, in Libya?

    December 14, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • american Patriot

      I cant wait till hes dragged through the streets.... the days of the middle eastern greedy dictators ruling for decades is over.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
      • bill o'rights

        Yup.

        I'm looking forward to some satisfying Youtube vids in the near future.

        December 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  95. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply

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