Report: Damascus warns Alawites to flee capital as Syrian forces crumble under rebel offensive

According to the Jeddah-based ‘Okaz’ daily newspaper, Syria’s Intelligence services have alerted various Alawite families to arrive in Latakia within 48 hours.

Reports emerged Sunday suggesting that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has hit a breaking point and is struggling under extreme duress.

According to the Jeddah-based Okaz daily newspaper, a sister publication of the Saudi Gazette, Syria’s Intelligence services have alerted various Alawite families in Damascus that it deems important to vacate their residences and arrive in Latakia in 48 hours.

The Alawite Sect’s ancestral homeland, Latakia, which hosts Syria’s premier port, has been the subject of a determined offensive by unified rebel and Islamist forces in recent days. On Friday, sources belonging to rebel groups boasted that their battles against the Syrian army were taking place in the highlands of Jabal al-Akrad, a range that includes some of the highest peaks in Syria.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Time to send more guns to everyone on every side. We need to help them extinct themselves.

  • marty_p

    It will be fun to watch the rebels fighting over Assad’s wife’s shoe collection.

  • k1962

    This news made me a little concerned. Don’t know which devil is worse and would prefer to see a stalemate as opposed to Assad losing.

  • ntt1

    and when assad does fall, as he will, there will be no end to it as different factions of various levels of Islamic purity battle it out. the entire region will resemble Libya as warlords scuffle for the last scraps of civilization.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And it tastes just like cherry cola.
      c o l a cola.

      • ntt1

        Its Libya dammit !.. not Lola 🙂

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I get these weird word association things going sometimes.

          • ntt1

            I recommend good quality whiskey, and plenty of it.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Okay Doc.
            I’m all in with that.
            How the Beam of Jim?

          • ntt1

            lots of good Bourbons out there, it is only fair to sample them all in turn

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I used to get annoyed at the last place I worked at.
            Hey, we just finished a major project and we’re all going to meet in the boardroom and have a – cake.
            Fuck off!
            I worked my ass off.
            I want bourbon and beef jerky.
            And maybe I’ll try a cigar, too.

          • Minicapt

            Don’t fuss much about Bourbon since Bushmills is tastier, but the next batch of jerky starts tonight.


  • Norman_In_New_York

    Victories by the Sunni rebels means that the Shiites of Hezbollah now lay open to Sunni assault. This is bad news for Iran. Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Force has quietly put its Northern Command on alert.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    There is a fair chance that either Hezbollah or ISIS will wind up running that whole show. It might make us, and even the Israelis, pine for the days of Assad.
    I’m really leery of deposing Arab despots.
    I almost don’t care how horrible their “human rights record is”.