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Syria Continues to Escalate into War
Even after 15 months of rebellion and over 30,000 killed, President Assad refuses to relinquish his throne to democracy and the will of the Syrian people. Up to now, the world powers have done little to stop it and have only talked. Russia and China have blocked all attempts to end the bloodshed. Yet, even they know the end is drawing near.
For the first time, Syrian attack helicopters and aircraft have appeared in videos firing and bombing its own people in a Damascus suburb of Douma. The Syrian people and many of its rank and file soldiers are enraged further by this. Military defections increase as Syrians slaughter Syrians.
News media have reported the presence of British special forces in Syria. Saudi forces continue to build up near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders while Jordanian, Turkish and Syrian army units are on the move also. King Abdullah has put the Saudi military on high alert for joining an anti-Assad offensive in Syria. Saudi troops plan to buffer Jordan with troops in case of reprisals, as more Saudi troops enter southern Syria to create a security zone around the towns of Deraa, Deir al-Zour and Abu Kemal (all centers of the anti-Assad rebellion). The region is also the home to the Shammar tribe, brethren of the Saudi Nejd province.
The Saudi plan is to also garrison the Jordanian-Iraqi border to prevent any Iranian trained soldiers in Iraq to enter into the fray. Meanwhile, 170 Syrian army tanks of the 17th Mechanized Division massed near the village of Musalmieh northeast of Aleppo, 30 km from the Turkish border. Obviously, Syria is there to prevent and Turkish military intervention to create another buffer zone.
Some reports mention that the U.S.\Israel may use the Syrian conflict to mask their own plans, not to attack Syria, but Iran in the near future, since both the Syrian talks and Iranian nuclear enrichment talks have all ended badly. With the harshest sanctions going into effect in July, it would seem any attack on Iran would not occur until late July or August at the earliest.
The Syrian conflict is entering a real war stage.