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The Last Stand in Syria: Damascus
According to several reports, President Assad is gathering his 4th Division and Special Forces, the only ones completely loyal to him. The other remaining divisions comprise of men from other tribes and are less loyal, defections are increasing. Syrian officers that have defected claim that Assad will use chemical weapons because he has decided not to leave Syria to another country and go down fighting. The 4th Division is fervently loyal to him, akin to SS troops of Hitler and will also go to the death fighting the rebels. They indicated that the gas mixed and loaded into bombs indicate Assad is reaching the end and realize he will die in Syria. The troops not of the 4th Division still fight for Assad but only under the fear of death from superiors.
All this sounds very much like the end of many wars in history. The fear of death forces the troops thinking of fleeing or defecting in the fight and those devoutly loyal to their leader sacrifice their life for him. The rebels are choking Assad and he hunkers down in Damascus for his last stand near the center. But Assad's forces are not known in numbers. A division normally would have 10-20,000 men and much less combat effectives. The special forces could not be more than 3-4,000 max. His forces are in survival mode and the pendulum and time has swung to the rebel forces.
It is only a matter of time until either the end comes or Sarin gas creates a new horror and finally international intervention, which will create another hell with the friendly and non-friendly fighters. The rebels will fight among themselves to get a piece of Syria.
There is no telling where this will all end.