Assad's forces won't survive long, senior defector says

February 5, 2012 13:34

Syrian President Bashar Assad's remaining forces are demoralized and will not survive beyond February, a former Syrian general who defected and took refuge in Turkey in November told The Sunday Telegraph.

General Mustafa al-Sheikh said  that because of "the shortage of Syrian army personnel," as the Syrian regime will not be able to withstand increasing attacks from the armed opposition group, the Free Syria Army (FSA).

"The Syrian army combat readiness I would put at 40 per cent for hardware and 32 per cent for personnel. They are sending in elements from the Shabiha (militia) and the Alawite sect to compensate, but this army is unable to continue more than a month. Some elements of the army are reaching out to the FSA to help them to defect," Sheikh told The Sunday Telegraph.

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