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The deathwish of fighters in Damascus terrifies many who oppose Assad
This is an op-ed in The Independent - a UK newspaper - by Robert Fisk a very well know reporter on Middle-East affairs.
There is a lot detail for and against both (all?) sides in Syria. I include some significant bites. Read the full article for all the detail.
"I was sent to you by the shebab," he said –
shebab might be translated as "the youth" or "the guys" and it meant he
worked for the armed Syrian opposition – "and we need your help."
His story was as revealing as it was frightening. Damascus was about
to be attacked. But the fighters were out of control. There were drug
addicts among them. "Some of our people are on drugs," the visitor said.
"They will take anyone out. We can't guarantee what some of these men
will do. If they went into Malki [a mixed, middle-class area of central
Damascus], we couldn't protect any of the people who live there. We are
against the Salafists who are fighting – there are good Syrians, Druze
and Ishmaeilis [Alawites] who are with us. But if we capture Damascus,
we don't know how to run a small town, let alone a country."
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