The Damascus Revolutionary Council claims that a defected Syrian pilot has carried out airstrikes on positions of regime forces in Moadimiyeh, near Damascus.
If true, it is the first time in the conflict that a pilot has turned his fire against the Syrian military. (Source: Enduring America)
OBSERVATION: If not now, later. The rebels claim to have several such defectors. All they've needed are captured planes or copters. I've been expecting something like this for some time. Assad's forces with their heavy equipment are potentially quite vulnerable to air power though they do have anti-air capability supposedly manned by Russians who supplied most ot the equipment being used against the Syrian people.
ITEM The Christian Science Monitor highlights a video, circulating on YouTube, which suppposedly celebrates Iraqi Shia and members of Lebanon's Hezbollah fighting for the Syrian regime.
In a tweet online David Kenner, Foreign Policy editor, supports the assertion of Iraqi involvement but is sceptical of the claim over Hezbollah fighters.
ITEM: The syrian governement is creating a news armed force. The national defense army, with a distinct uniform, comprised of civilians wich have served in the army. The force will be strong of 10 000 men.
PREDICTION: This is a sign of desperation and defeat. Hitler made an identical move as Russians approached Berlin, creating near useless forces consisting of old WW I vets and young boys who more often got in the way of actual German defense troops.
Down the road I wouldn't be surprised if Assad's security forces issue orders to execute any man or boy over a certain age who lacked papers proving he is where he is supposed to be on a given date. Those without papers would be executed on the spot.
To date, Assad has followed Hitler's pattern in so many other ways, particularly in his attitude that "If I go down, I'll take Syria with me." Again I recommend the German film, "Downfall," to see what Syria can expect.