Syria: Without Turkey’s Backing Assad’s Days In Power Are Numbered

To make the brutal repression less visible, the Assad regime is not allowing any international journalists into Syria. The estimate death toll from Assad’s crackdown on protesters is more than 1,300 people according to several human rights organizations. In the last few days, the repression has been even more severe as the protesters are not giving up. The prime  information that is now coming out of the country is mainly through thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing Syria, primarily to Turkey. to escape the murdering regime. The testimony of these direct eyewitnesses are now piling up.

An estimated 4,600 Syrians have already fled to  Turkey, according to the Turkish government. A Syrian eyewitness, who escaped yesterday from a border village, told BBC news’ Owen Bennett-Jones that the Syrian military used tanks to attack a village near his on Friday morning. The village is located near Jisr al-Shughour in north west Syria. The Syrian refugee said the brutal on the near back village begun at 6:AM when people were still sleeping. According to him, forty tanks went into the village, and many people were killed. The tanks fired at the houses, then the Syrian troops proceeded to burn the wheat crops around the village and to destroy the olive groves. The man decided to flee with his wife, 10 children and four horses and he walked to Turkey.

On Saturday, Assad sent heavy armor and thousands of troops to the region near the Turkish border. In the town of Jisr al-Shughour, 80 percent of the population is reported to have fled. The troops responsible for most of Friday’s violence were an elite division under the command of Maher Assad, Bashar Assad’s younger brother. However, this time around, the Assad clan, under the impulse of the brutal younger brother, may have overplayed their hand and pushed the repression too far.

Syria’s brutal crackdown has now angered Turkey, a key international supporter of the Assad regime. On Saturday, Turkey’s prime minister Erdogan accused the Assad regime of “savagery”. In an interview for Turkish TV late Friday, prime minister Erdogan said he would discuss events in Syria with Assad in “a very different way”. Erdogan accusation were directly targeting Maher Assad. The Turkish government also stated it would maintain its border open to Syrian refugees.

On Saturday, the human rights organization, Human Rights Watch called on the UN Security Council to support a resolution demanding an immediate end to the Syrian government’s crackdown. On June 1ST, Human Rights Watch published a report accusing Syrian security forces of crimes against humanity.

“For more than two months now, Syrian security forces have been killing and torturing their own people with complete impunity. They need to stop- and if they don’t, it is the UN Security Council responsibility to make sure that the people responsible face justice,” said Sarah Leah Whitson from Human Rights Watch.




17 Responses to Syria: Without Turkey’s Backing Assad’s Days In Power Are Numbered

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    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier June 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      This comment has absolutely nothing to do with this article on Syria. I don’t even know where are you getting at with this statement on Portugal, Greece and Italy.

  2. Cant say my name June 12, 2011 at 1:59 am


    I live in Syria, and 1300 is a few number comparing the facts here. and now there are more than 10,000 in jails. few has been released.

    P.S for the writer:Thank you so much for this article, i can help you with extra information about this, i left my email you can contact me there but make sure to keep my identity unknown for my safety.

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier June 12, 2011 at 6:53 am

      Thanks, I will get in touch with you. From a source that we have here at News Junkie Post, a Syrian source that is which I can not disclosed for his safety, there is an ongoing power struggle within the al-Assad family between Bashar and Maher. It seems that Maher is having the upper hand in this power struggle, at least for now. However, as I indicated in the article, Turkish PM Erdogan, who is likely to win by a landslide Turkey’s election today, is going to put so much pressure on the Assad regime that it will become impossible for the Assad regime to be viable. As you know, Sunnis are deserting from the army by the hundreds(more than 2,000 defection according to Syrian refugees in Turkey), and this added to increase international pressure will make the Assad regime fall apart. I think Erdogan will give a very clear and tough signal to Bashar al-Assad in this regard.

  3. archana June 12, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I recently visited Syria and i can tell you that they lack basic human rights.Assad should be thrown out if people want to see better days in Syria.

  4. Cant say my name June 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Thanks Mr. Gilbert

    It’s obvious to Syrian people that Maher Al-Asad is having the upper hand. as he is the commander of the Republican Guard and the army’s elite Fourth Armored Division. those are the heart of Syrian army and most powerful and supported by regime. they were in charge for most of military operations ( Darra City and Jsr-Alshaor )

    Since Thursday JUNE 9th, Internet in Syria is barely working, and even when it does work, it is so slow, and we don’t have access to most instant messaging services including Hotmail messenger , yahoo messenger and google talk. In addition, one could easily notice that browsing facebook is much slower than any other website.

    Also, as i heard from many sources here, the president is going to repeal the article (8) of the constitution, which says (The president must be a member in Al-baath party), and they will call for a meeting between the regime and the opposition.

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier June 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Thank you so much for the additional very useful information, and I am glad that you are still able to get on line. Please feel free to post here any additional news concerning the situation on the ground. Also, I do not know your location within Syria-and I won’t ask for your own safety- but if you do have any friends in the area of Jisr al-Shughour who can still get on line, it would be great to get some direct testimonies about the atrocities committed by Maher al-Assad’s thugs there and how people are copping with it.

  5. mike June 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Assad is stronger than ever. You are out of touch with what is happening in Syria and the Syrian People.

  6. mike June 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    How about that gay Syrian girl? Turns out she’s a guy in Atlanta.

  7. Eric June 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    The entire region is insane. Centuries of dysfunctonal father figures abusing their families…..becomes a “culture” eventually.

  8. Glen June 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Why wouldn’t Turkey continue to back him? I’m sure Assad has killed plenty of Kurds for him to forever be in Turkey’s good graces.

  9. middle east June 19, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Why wouldn’t Turkey continue to back him? I’m sure Assad has killed plenty of Kurds for him to forever be in Turkey’s good graces.

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