Syria’s Assad in talks to peacefully transfer power

As the head of the Syrian Military Police defects to the Rebels, Assad is sending a senior diplomat to Moscow to discuss proposals with a U.N.-Arab League envoy to end the conflict and peacefully transfer power to the Rebels:

REUTERS – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a senior diplomat to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss proposals to end the conflict convulsing his country made by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Syrian and Lebanese sources said.

Brahimi, who saw Assad on Monday and is planning to hold a series of meetings with Syrian officials and dissidents in Damascus this week, is trying to broker a peaceful transfer of power, but has disclosed little about how this might be done.

More than 44,000 Syrians have been killed in a revolt against four decades of Assad family rule, a conflict that began with peaceful protests but which has descended into civil war.

Past peace efforts have floundered, with world powers divided over what has become an increasingly sectarian struggle between mostly Sunni Muslim rebels and Assad’s security forces, drawn primarily from his Shi’ite-rooted Alawite minority.

Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Makdad flew to Moscow to discuss the details of the talks with Brahimi, said a Syrian security source, who would not say if a deal was in the works.

However, a Lebanese official close to Damascus said Makdad had been sent to seek Russian advice on a possible agreement.

He said Syrian officials were upbeat after talks with Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy, who met Foreign Minister Walid Moualem on Tuesday a day after his session with Assad, but who has not outlined his ideas in public.

“There is a new mood now and something good is happening,” the official said, asking not to be named. He gave no details.

Russia, which has given Assad diplomatic and military aid to help him weather the 21-month-old uprising, has said it is not protecting him, but has fiercely criticized any foreign backing for rebels and, with China, has blocked U.N. Security Council action on Syria.


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  • Nukeman60

    Hmmm, just like Mubarak and Egypt. And it will be just like the next one…Turkey, perhaps?

    The Caliphate marches on, with the aid of Obama and Putin.

    • I’d keep my eyes on Jordan Nukefriend.

      • Nukeman60

        Agreed, but I think the battle for head of the Caliphate will come down to Turkey and Egypt. Just my gut feeling.

        • keninil

          The battle of puffy chests and serious name calling.

          • Conniption Fitz

            More like murders and intrigues than name-calling.

        • Yazz55

          Iran think it them.

          Can we get ’em to fight it out amongst themselves?

      • deTocqueville1


      • eyewatcher1960

        And you should. Our Maines have been over there training the Jordanians….also in the Republic of Georgia and ALL of this started with OBAMA.

    • Orangeone

      Turkey, Lebanon, just keeps going. The MB is going to rule. That’s why Barky Boy desperately wants US taxes to go up, he needs to fund all of the radical jihadist countries with our money.

  • Assad doesn’t seem to have much choice left. Russia has taken command over the chemical weapons that haven’t either been used already or shipped to Hezbollah for future use. Al quaida and other rebels are on the other side against him with dear leader’s blessing.
    Interesting though- Russia and China being so involved…Biblically looking at things that is.

  • I am sure the great and powerful Oz Kerry will negotiate a deal.

  • Conniption Fitz

    As bad as Assad was/is, the Islamists are worse. They will not allow him to ‘go away in peace’…as with Ghaddafi, they will have to kill, rape, and desecrate his body.

    • And I’m sure staying alive is at the top of his agenda in these talks.

      • Conniption Fitz

        As the last decades have shown, you can’t reason with progressives, pansexualists or Islamists.

      • tinlizzieowner

        As with what usually happens to ex-Muslim Dictators, he probably still won’t live a week. Unless he gets sanctuary in the US, then MSLSD can hire him as a commentator. 😉 😉

  • Conniption Fitz

    Don’t miss this – The Road to Damascus by Sultan Knish, Daniel Greenfield.

    “Forget the Grand Prix or the Daytona 500, the real race right now is the race to Damascus. The racers include Syrian rebels in pickup trucks with mounted machine guns and homemade tanks, toting weapons and equipment supplied and paid for by Qatar and Turkey, and more covertly by the British and French intelligence services. Racing along with them are carloads of international diplomats urging their governments to give the militias more money and more weapons.” […] “The Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah’s militias out of Lebanon are shooting at Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood militias from across the Middle East and even Europe in one of those unique displays of family entertainment that you wish would go on forever, but that won’t, because despite the Hasish-fed bravado, supplemented with meth from Iran’s top laboratories, the whole shooting match only as long as it takes the side with the weakest bladders to run away, and then both sides brag about their great victory on YouTube and Facebook.”

  • Suzyqpie

    Where is Kofi Annan? He brokered a UN peace deal with Basher Assad already. It didn’t work out so well but he had stellar intentions and we all know that is what counts. BTW if anyone here at TRS has connections to Mr & Mrs Assad I have a nice fixer-upers 4/3.5 house for sale in Georgia (USA) available, quiet neighborhood Sunni/Shite free community, Alawites welcome.

  • Sure, just like Gaddafi wanted to work out a deal with the rebels. And how did that work out for him? Oh, that’s right, with a bullet in the head. Assad is a dead man if he leaves office and he knows it. The only question is, if he really thinks its over, will he use chemical weapons? That’s probably the only thing that will change the course of events at this stage of the game for Assad and I’m not sure even he has the guts to use them.

  • deTocqueville1

    Well we are seeing the consolidation of power in the region with Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria and now Syria all under the Brotherhood which means fundamentalist Islam. Just what Barak wanted. And what will it be like for Israel? Unfortunately we know the answer.

  • welltempered2

    The foreign minister was sent to Moscow to get on bended knee before General Secretary Putin to please, pretty please, grant Assad’s sorry rear end asylum in at least a medium size dasha on the Crimean. His wife is probably on the phone with Anna Wintour of Vogue arranging a new photo spread in the mag of their new digs for the new year. A toast, my how well borscht and hummus mix.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Turn the page…

    Muslim caliphate on the march… devouring nation by nation. Driven by the devil’s whip.

  • poptoy1949

    All of this is a slow encirclement of Israel backed by Obama and his precious Muslim Brotherhood. With Syria now they have a border touching Israel. Next it will Jordan, then another and so on. They will, under the supervision of Iran, come at Israel at one time. Iran will more than likely be nuclear by then and it will come down to what will Obama do? I say Obama will do nothing to defend Israel. He will do absolutely nothing considering he is such a wonderful, devoted, GOD fearing Christian MAN. What? You do not believe me? Well now, just ask any member of the Main Stream Media and they will back up this claim. Go ahead I dare you !

  • eyewatcher1960

    We have been sending missiles and other goods to Turkey RECENTLY to help our NATO ally defend herself as Syrians cross over. This is ASSAD carrying on all of the BS and he is the one who started firing on his own people. It has been like this since I was stationed very NEAR in the early 80’s. It is all Assad and his cronies…Iran…Russia and now Obama has just jumped right into the fire. It is way OVERDUE to oust Assad.

  • Asshat’s dreaming. There can be no peaceful transfer of power, after all that’s happened. The fighting will continue, whethere he’s there, or not. Personally, I think he should’ve gotten more help from the Soviets, just so they could suffer casualties and fatalities fighting the Koranimals, and get dragged into another quagmire. I also see this as a missed opportunity to kill a lot of America’s enemies, and have others shoulder the blame. Aggravating the fighting by infitrating Rangers, Special Forces, SeALs and Force Recon to execute UW (Unconventional Warfare) missions, there could’ve been a lot of captures &/or kills, and it easily could’ve been blamed on everyone from the PFLP-GC, to al-Qaeda, to Asshat, Iran, to Hezbollah, to Hamas, to the Soviets, all without the US or Israel taking any blame, because the cover stories would be so believable. There’s nothing quite as useful as chaos.

  • hongryhawg

    44,000 dead. A new mood? Something good is happening? I’m glad those people didn’t get any bad news.

  • cabensg

    Oh goodie!!! Another country under radical Islamist with powerful weapons including chemicals weapons. Time to pile on Bush again for trying to put a Democracy in Iraq in the midst of all this devils work from hell. On Bush’s watch Gaddafi gave up his nukes. Lebanon wasn’t under the control of Islamist. Egypt still had a leader with a peace agreement with Israel and was friendly to the U.S. Iran and Syria were still trouble makers but we know Bush would have sided with the Iranian student protests and Syria at least had to try and hide it’s support for terrorism and Bush was a stanch supporter and ally of Israel. Go ahead I want to hear again what a horrible president Bush was. In every way even the ways I disagreed with he is so head and shoulders above Obama there’s not even a comparison. God Bless Him for keeping us safe and realizing you can’t ignore the rest of the world if you want to do it.

    Obama was the evil maestro behind all of this. May he rot in hell when his time comes.

  • 911Infidel

    If al-Assad leaves, what then? Will the blood-bath stop? Not a chance. The Sunnis will exact a terrible revenge on Alawites and Christians, Palestinians Kurds and Druze. The torture chambers will just change hands, but will be working overtime to root out any remaining al-Assad loyalists real or imagined.

    Supposedly Russia has al-Assad’s Chem-Bio weapons under control. Yeah sure. What about all the storage facilities in the Bekaa valley? Hmmmm? Where do you think Saddam’s WMDs went? The Hizzies have a little arsenal of WMDs that Iran gave them. So the proliferation of WMDs won’t end with Assad’s fall.

    Like I’ve said before look at the graffiti on the walls in Syria in FSA territory. “Alawites to the wall. Christians to the cross”. Think that these jihadist swine are kidding?

    Next in line is Jordan. That will just about complete the circle. No more secular dictators will be left…only Islamic ones. The Khalifa will then be able to return….under a Turkish/Iranian coalition.

    There’s your “wounded beast that came alive again.”

    What Sunnis and Shia in an alliance? Yeah that’s how it is with AQ and the Mahdi-ists. Besides what’s the one goal that they all agree on? That’s right. Taking Jerusalem and killing the Jooos.

    It’ll be a bloodbath whether al-Assad leaves or if he stays. That’s why we need to stay out of it.

  • I pray they reach an agreement that is satisfactory to US. Russia is still our enemy, with the rest of the increasing “axis of evil.”

  • Maybe