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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:29 PM

 

Syria rebels say seize towns in central Hama province

Source: Reuters

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels have taken over at least six towns in central Hama province as part of an operation aimed at extending their control south towards President Bashar al-Assad's powerbase in the capital Damascus, a senior commander said on Wednesday.

Qassem Saadeddine, a member of the rebel military command, said most of the rural western section of Hama province, which stretches to the foothills of the mountains which are home to Assads's minority Alawite community, was under the control of the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels.

Saadeddine announced the rebel offensive in Hama on Sunday. Assad's opponents already hold much of the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, and are fighting to advance from the southern Damascus suburbs towards the heart of the capital.

Rebels had intended to focus on rural areas before any assault inside the city - the scene of a 1982 crackdown against an armed Islamist uprising which killed at least 10,000 people - but clashes broke out after authorities launched a wave of arrests, possibly in response to the rebel offensive.

The rebel gains could effectively give them control of territory all the way from the northern Turkish border to Hama 180 km (110 miles) to the south.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-syria-crisis-hama-idUSBRE8BI1DM20121219

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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:45 PM

1. Given that the Sunni consider the Alawite heretics, this is NOT a good sign

If these were Moderate Sunni Moslem, i would NOT have a concern, but many of these Sunni rebels are tied in with Al Queda AND Wahhabi Sunnis

More on the Wahhabi:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahhabi

More on the Alawites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alawi

The Wahhabi have a long history of NOT tolerating any form of dissent, especially Shiites AND the Alawites are branch of the larger Shiite Islamic movement. Now, under the present government (who happen to be Alawites) there have been a movement to make Alawites MORE Sunni Moslem. How far this has gone is debatable, for Alawite is a branch of Shiite Islam, which has a long history of acting like Sunnis in Sunni dominated Islamic Countries, but practicing Shiitism at home in secret. Thus what is claimed and what is may be two different things.

The real problem is the Wahhabi are real radical Sunnis (Bin Laden and Al Queda came out of this branch of Sunni Islam). Wahhabis have been known to kill Shiites and even Sunnis who they think are NOT Islamic enough.

Thus what does this movement into Alawite territory mean? Does it mean elimination of the heretics, or acceptance of them? We shall see, but it may mean that the leadership of the Government of Syria is willing to give up that territory for they know the Sunnis can NOT hold it. It may mean there is a split between the President of Syria and his co-religionists among the Alawite Peasants. This last could be fatal to the President. More details are needed, but the only details are in the hands of the Syrian President, for he knows, from his connections with the Alawites, which way they will turn (as to the Sunnis).

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