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Maher al-Assad (Arabic: ماهر الأسد, born 8 December 1967) is a Syrian general and commander of the Republican Guard and the army's elite Fourth Armored Division, which together with Syria's secret police form the core of the country's security forces. He is also a member of the Baath Party's central committee. He is thought by some to be the second most powerful man in Syria after his brother Bashar, the current President.
On 20 August, rumors surfaced that Maher, who had not been seen since the 18 July 2012 Damascus bombing, succumbed to his injuries after Russia Today reported that a senior Syrian military official died in a hospital in Moscow. After the report was released, Syrian state media denied it was true. A member of the pro-opposition Syrian National Council[who?] claimed he and other members were 100% certain it was true and Maher was the Syrian military official who died in Moscow.
However, on 10 October, Abdullah Omar, a defected Syrian journalist, told CNN that Maher was treated in Russia but returned to the presidential palace, where al-Omar said that Maher had lost his left leg in the bombing and also the use of his left arm.
To the regime's opponents, he is "the most feared man in the country"; "the Butcher of Deraa" or simply "the enforcer".
As Syria's uprising has ground on, Mr Assad's ability to inspire terror has only multiplied.
For the regime, it is invaluable to have in its service a man whose name alone can strike fear into the entire civilian population of a town.
By dissident accounts, the president's brother revels in his unwholesome reputation.
He has, they say, the classic psychopath's appetite for inflicting suffering and a total inability to empathise with the plight of his victims.
Stories abound of his fondness not just for ordering retribution but actively taking part in it.
Last month, a video emerged purporting to show Mr Assad, dressed in a leather jacket, firing a pistol at unarmed protesters in a district of Damascus.
The authenticity of the footage has not been verified, but the man bears a resemblance to the president's brother and the manner in which officers protect him as he shoots points to the culprit being a figure of some note.
It is the second time Mr Assad has allegedly been caught on film revelling in violence.
Syria's claim to have discovered chemical weapons in Damascus follows its refusal to accept that a chemical weapons attack had taken place on Wednesday.
The US, Britain, France and Russia have all urged the Assad regime and the rebels to co-operate with the UN and allow its inspectors to look into the alleged attack.
The Assad regime has denied the claims that it was behind the chemical attack, calling them "absolutely baseless" and suggesting they are an attempt to discredit the government.
Originally posted by Thorneblood
reply to post by XxNightAngelusxX
The final decision might be on him, but McCain and Hagel are both pushing for this pretty hard. You do realize that there are many highly trained and well informed military officials that will be advising him on this action right?
It's not like he is just gonna throw a dart at a map of Syria.
He is gonna shoot missiles at it.
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star (2) with Valor
The Obama administration is opposed to even limited U.S. military intervention in Syria because it believes rebels fighting the Assad regime wouldn’t support American interests if they were to seize power right now, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to a congressman in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Effectively ruling out U.S. cruise missile attacks and other options that wouldn’t require U.S. troops on the ground, Dempsey said the military is clearly capable of taking out Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force and shifting the balance of the Arab country’s 2½-year war back toward the armed opposition. But he said such an approach would plunge the United States deep into another war in the Arab world and offer no strategy for peace in a nation plagued by ethnic rivalries.
“Syria today is not about choosing between two sides but rather about choosing one among many sides,” Dempsey said in the letter Aug. 19 to Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. “It is my belief that the side we choose must be ready to promote their interests and ours when the balance shifts in their favor. Today, they are not.”
Seems competent enough. At least he doesn't come across as the sort to just jump into this situation without some clear and overwhelming evidence. Hell if anything he seems like the most reasonable voice i have heard in this whole thing. He clearly understands not only what is going on in Syria but what it will mean for us to get involved.
Originally posted by victor7
For those wishing for war look at this video and see the face of the man at 18 second......blown up like a pumpkin.
NO TO WARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally posted by wantsome
How about we spend the money here at home to help our own people.
The Pentagon has dispatched into the eastern Mediterranean a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles capable of striking Syrian targets.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is expected to present options for a strike at a White House meeting on Saturday, Martin reported. On Saturday, a White House official said Mr. Obama would "make an informed decision" about the U.S. response to Wednesday's attack "once we ascertain the facts."