Saturday, December 10, 2016
Again from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.
Sunni versus Shia those forces arrayed to include PROXIES carried to a new extreme!
"'Syrian 5th Corps' is new Shiite foreign legion"
"Syria and its allies came closer than ever to taking Aleppo on Friday, Dec. 2, when they captured the Tariq al-Bab district to gain control of 60 percent of the rebel-held eastern part of the city. Drawing on the lessons of this success, the winning forces have begun building a military outfit modeled on the format of the victorious coalition. It is designated the 'Fifth Corps' of the Syrian army, but . . . military and intelligence sources can identity the new unit as the framework for an international Shiite brigade or foreign legion . . . It is composed of the remnants of the Syrian army's First and Second Corps, which took a bad beating in the five years of conflict, the Hizballah expeditionary force in Syria and the Shiite militias which Tehran imported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight for Bashar Assad. The new framework aims to field 50,000 to 70,000 fighting men. It will be the first Shiite army or foreign legion ever seen in the Middle East."
THIS WILL INTIMIDATE THOSE SUNNI NATIONS OF THE AREA TO INCLUDE TURKEY?
Staying power for Assad now guaranteed now and for the foreseeable future, even with a cessation of hostilities!