Assad Said to Have Fled Damascus Amid ‘Information Blackout’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly fled the capital of Damascus after three top security officials were killed on Wednesday, as an “information blackout” has gone into effect about his whereabouts.

Reports from Arab media, opposition figures, and western officials say that Assad fled by plane to his hometown near the seaport of Latakia. Other reports say he fled to the village of Kardaha in the Alawite Mountains. Wherever he is, he is said to be directing a harsh military response to a set of bold attacks in Damascus by Syrian rebel militias.

The London based Arab-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi claimed there are reports that Assad survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday evening and may be suffering from injuries to his legs and abdomen. These reports have not been confirmed.

The website of the Syrian state news agency SANA was down for much of Thursday and the television channel was reportedly on a loop of Assad’s last public appearance.

The regime has given Damascus residents in areas captured by rebels a 48-hour deadline to leave before heavy bombardments of rebel areas begin.

The sudden increase in capacity, effectiveness, and sophistication on the part of rebel militias in their attacks on the regime were unexpected. The likely source of such rapid improvements are likely to be due to outside assistance, possibly from the US and its allies.

As Western leaders hail the impending doom of the Assad regime, others caution such moralizing celebration. “Even if [Assad] goes there’s a lot of post-Assad issues for which nobody is really prepared — the price of the fragmented opposition and power of armed groups,” says Marc Lynch, an Obama administration consultant and Middle East expert at George Washington University.

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  • Charles

    Other reports said this is just Zionist media liis and manufactured news serving as psychlogical warfare.

    • mike

      It is. Staged "news" with the purpose to paralyse the Syrians into submission to the American/israeli mercenarie plague now terrorising the Syrians. We saw the same Hollywood kind of false news in Libya. Antiwar should refrain from such and the warmongering vocabulary of the western regimes.

      • Winston_Smith3

        I am deeply saddened to read antiwar.com YET AGAIN reciting the official Narrative, and by the same writers, since as said here, this is clearly staged Hollywood news coming from Western regimes and deliberately set loose.

        Yet all appeals to antiwar.com they are reinforcing the Obama-Clinton regime's Narrative for aggression and war fall on deaf ears with their management. It turns out Obama is very, very sensitive to the cover story being challenged and the possibility of protests and ANTIWAR demonstrations.

      • Jaime

        Yes, I agree. One way to stop the psychologial enslavement is by avoiding the semantics proper of the elites and the Empire.

  • Ben_C

    So let me get this strait:

    Assad fled to a 'village' in the mountains to "flee" from a City of 2,000,000 + people which is well under control by his regime? Why in blazes would he make such a 'move' at this time? Perhaps there are the "tanks", "gunboats", and "helicopters"–as the "peaceful protesters" 'report'–protecting this magical mountain village…which 'everyone' seems to think he fled to?

    He did all this while allegedly suffering from "injuries to his legs and abdomen"???

    Anything is theoretically possible, but this makes no sense to me…

    • Alberto

      You got it wrong. Assad or was it Salad? fled to the mountains on account of the fact that he got tired of this business of running a country with so many enemies. There he met Osama or was it Obama? who told him to flee to Medina instead. Since Assad has never been a religious type, he decided to travel to Kenya where he is to steal some certificate by force if necessary. To do this he's got the support of some very heroic characters from a very secret organization. By the way, he did not get hurt at all except for some scratches he got the previous night from Asma.

  • R.C.

    Yeah, even the MSM hasn't run with this "story," which means it must really fail the smell test since they'll usually print anything that'll boost the standing of the "rebels"

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  • Popsiq

    Nobody notice the bombing had all the 'hallmarks' of the one that ousted Saleh from Yemen? And who would be doing that?

    Well who's there? There's Al Qaeda and there's the USA. Which has the most to gain from a 'change' of regime?

    It ain't AQ.

    Assad just got popped by Uncle Remus.