Syria Crisis: Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Israel Armed Forces On High Alert

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By Paul Martin
August 28, 2013

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad appear to have evacuated most personnel from army and security command headquarters in central Damascus in preparation for a possible Western military strike, residents and opposition sources said on Wednesday.

US-led air or missile strikes on Syria look all but certain after the United States and European and Middle Eastern allies blamed a suspected poison gas attack that killed hundreds in the city on August 21 on Assad’s forces.

Army units stationed near the capital have confiscated several trailer trucks, apparently to transport heavy weaponry to alternative locations, though no significant movement of military hardware has been reported, possibly due to heavy fighting near major highways, one of the sources added.

Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said Wednesday that Syria will turn into a “graveyard of the invaders” in case of a Western military intervention.

Syria will “surprise the aggressors as it surprised them in” the 1973 Yom Kippur war, when Arab forces caught Israel off guard, and become “the graveyard of the invaders,” he said, quoted by state television.

The “colonialist threats” of Western powers “do not terrorise us because of the will and determination of the Syrian people, who will not accept being humiliated,” Halqi said.

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