According to reports prepared on Syria, one-fifth of Bashar Assad's military has defected. With approximately 300,000 troops in total a majority of which are in the land forces, Syria's Army has lost 60,000 to 65,000 members to the opposition front. The highest number of defections is seen from troops assigned to the Lebanon, Turkish and Iraqi borders. The number of officers which have deserted the Third Army Command in Aleppo alone has reached 300. According to information obtained, the opposition has begun to acquire heavy weaponry and is now supposedly in control of an airbase located near Aleppo, which houses aircraft from the second fleet.
NUSAYRIS HEAD WEST
Reports emphasize that the highest number of defections over the past two months have been experienced in the Air Forces. Although the air bases surrounding Damascus remain in full control of the regime, approximately 50 officers, including pilots have defected from air bases located near the Aleppo region.
According to reports, there is a significant transformation occurring in the national demographic layout, coinciding with the developments in Syria. In accordance with Syrian State Leader Assad's orders, the Nusayri population which reside in the north eastern and eastern regions are now moving west in stages. Reports do not list precise numbers, however state that it is visibly evident that the Nusayri population is settling along the Aleppo-Latakia-Damascus line.
ASSAD PLAYS THE KURDISH CARD
The reports also reveal that Assad is attempting to control the PKK by way of Fehman Hüseyin, an influential figure for the terrorist organization. However, due to contention with the organization's leader in Turkey Abdullah Öcalan as well as successive operations staged in the Kandil region, Assad is unable to connect with the administrative cadre. Thus far, the Syrian administration has only been able to make contact with second and third level PKK militants.
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