13 May '13, 9am

#SYRIA: Desperate Moves

May 13, 2013: The fighting grinds on, with Iran supplying more of its own troops, along with Hezbollah militiamen from Lebanon to push the rebels back in some areas, while abandoning large areas of the country to rebel control. The government is concentrating its forces to defend Damascus, the coastal area and roads between the two. Total deaths for two years of fighting are now over 82,000, with about 60 percent of them civilians. Most of the rest are government troops and pro-government militias (Alawites, Christians). A fifth of the population has been driven from their homes and over a million people have fled the country. The refugee situation is expected to get worse. The economy has been disrupted in most of the country, making it difficult to get essential supplies (like food) to millions of people. Everyone is having supply problems, but it’s worse for the rebels ...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/syria/articles/20130513.aspx

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