Dozens of Syrian military members were killed on Tuesday after defectors turned on them. The killings are a significant development, suggesting that President Bashar Assad’s control of the military is starting to loosen, and his ability to maintain control in the country could be on the wane.
As many as 90 people have been killed over the past couple of days, with the most bloody scenes coming in the southern province of Daraa. This is not the first time that defectors have turned against the military, but it is the first time they have done so with such vigour.
The violence came as there were signs that President Assad’s regime was entering its final days. International support from the likes of Turkey has fallen away and many international observers believe that it’s now not a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’, the Assad regime falls.