Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is preparing a major offensive in the coming days against the opposition targeting his regime, if this targeting of the opposition is not successful in the next 4-6 weeks, Syria should be prepared for a war.
Russia of sending helicopter gunships to Syria for use in crackdowns on rebel positions across Syria. (finally a stop was put to that).
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland echoed concerns by UN envoy Kofi Annan that a so-called massacre is being organized against the Syrian opposition. “The United States joins joint special envoy Kofi Annan in expressing deep alarm at reports from inside Syria that the regime may be organizing another massacre.”
The Houla massacre was actually committed by anti-Assad Sunni militants.
Syria presented the United Nations and the U.S. with information that claimed it was a group affiliated with al-Qaida, armed by Turkey, that slaughtered the civilians in their homes in Houla, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.
Last month, Syria said it arrested 26 al-Qaida “foreign terrorists,” including one Jordanian. Two weeks ago Assad used a rare national address to blame “terrorists” and foreign elements for the Houla massacre.
Survivors and witnesses cited by the U.N. blamed the house-to-house killings on pro-government thugs known as shabiha. Largely unreported is Syria’s claim that an armed terrorism element is behind the massacre. U.S., U.N. and other international bodies indicating the house-to-house slaughter was carried out by a group affiliated with al-Qaida that came from North Africa.
Growing collaboration between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaida as well as evidence the opposition is sending weapons to jihadists in Iraq. An Egyptian military attaché detailed the alleged collaboration between al-Qaida and the U.S.-aided opposition in Syria that operates under the banner of the National Free Army.
Egypt has reports of collaboration between the Syrian opposition and three al-Qaida arms: Jund al-Sham, which is made up of al-Qaida militants who are Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese.
A leaked Arab League dispatch, posted in February by the Anonymous group, said Arab League monitors on the ground in Syria several times witnessed an “armed entity” provoking Syrian forces and placing civilian lives in danger.