The Syrian opposition has announced the creation of a new military structure – Supreme Revolutionary Council (CSR), to replace the Syrian Army free (ASL), a group of deserters from the regular army, reported the Egyptian newspaper online Al-Masry Al-Youm on Monday.
The CSR assigns primary objective is to “liberate Syria,” the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, we read in the statement of the Council, chaired by General Mustafa Ahmed al Sheikh, highest ranking among the deserters, who is in exile in Turkey.
The spokesman of the ASL, the commander Maher al-Naimi has kept the same position in the CSR.
The multiplication of desertions senior officers, including generals, would have imposed a reorganization of the ASL, so that it can “absorb” the newcomers, whose number is expected to grow in the days and weeks ahead, according to the opposition.
Since about a year, the Syrian regime is facing a challenge unprecedented popular. According to the UN, the confrontation between protesters and government forces has claimed more than 5,000 dead. Damascus denies this figure and says the country is plagued by gangs financed from abroad that have killed more than 2,000 military and members of law enforcement.