A Coup d' Etat took place in Damascus late last night. Intelligence reports coming from within the Syrian Military Command indicate the following:
A rebellion split The Syrian Army in two factions .
Since yesterday , Damascus is under the de facto control of the Syrian Army, under the command of Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan, and supported by Syrian Intelligence General Rustom Ghazaleh, Syrian military General Ali Safi, and Firas Tlass son of former Minister of Defence, Mustafa Tlass. The group rebelled against the decision of President Bashar el Assad to withdraw from Lebanon and seized the Damascus military yesterday.
Around 3 am, Damascus time, the Syrian Air Force bombarded two military airfields around Damascus, the Air force base of Dumair, and the Air force base of Katana. Also, late night around 3 am, the Syrian Air force bombarded military positions of the Syrian Army west of the city of Homs.
President Bachar el Assad retreated secretly to the city of Aleppo where he is temporarily holding ground. He is massing special forces troops loyal to him and preparing himself to take back Damascus by force .
If this pans out, ol' Basher is in a world of hurt and the hardliners in Syria will be even more ostracized by the world community. And if the generals think they can attempt to re-assert control in Lebanon, then I'm sure President Bush will have something to say about it. I just hope that the situation doesn't deteriorate to the extent that all those WMD's that Saddam was so nice to hide in the Bekaa Valley don't get their chance on the world stage.
UPDATE - It looks like the report was bogus. I'm sorta glad it is, because the hard-line bastards would have killed alotta people. If/when it does happen, I hope the reformers take power.