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Jerusalem Post: Assad hanging on, suspicion surrounds report he told Alawites to flee capital

Assad hanging on, suspicion surrounds report he told Alawites to flee capital

Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime appears to be holding on amid contradictory Saudi reports over whether it told elite Alawite families to abandon Damascus.

A report in the Saudi newspaper Okaz on Sunday quoted Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas denying an article in the same paper a day earlier quoting unnamed sources claiming that Syrian intelligence told the elite Alawite families to leave the capital within 48 hours for its coastal stronghold of Latakia.

"Reports of President Assad giving his top Alawites orders to flee Damascus are undoubtedly wishful thinking and activist fancy," Joshua Landis, a Syria expert and the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.


WNU Editor: This is probably propaganda pushed by Saudi officials .... but the Assad regime in Syria is in trouble (see my next post).

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