An opposition activist tells Al Jazeera that 650 regime soldiers, including 50 officers, have defected in Damascus Province.
In many recent battles, Assad's troops have fled or surrendered in droves but a defection on this scale is amazing if confirmed. The regime also lost a major base west of Aleppo yesterday. Let's not forget a news story earlier this week from the NY Times on the regime's unkempt and clearly demoralized troops in Damascus. It does not matter how many big toys the regime has available to combat if few Syrians want to man them these days.