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Syria: disillusioned rebels drift back to take Assad amnesty

Posted By yihan On July 24, 2013 @ 11:47 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

Ruth Sherlock
The Telegraph [1]
July 24, 2013

Disillusioned by the Islamist twist that the “revolution” in Syria has taken, exhausted after more than two years of conflict and feeling that they are losing, growing numbers of rebels are signing up to a negotiated amnesty offered by the Assad regime.

At the same time, the families of retreating fighters have begun quietly moving back to government-controlled territory, seen as a safer place to live as the regime continues its intense military push against rebel-held areas.

The move is a sign of the growing confidence of the regime, which has established a so-called “ministry of reconciliation” with the task of easing the way for former opponents to return to the government side.

Ali Haider, the minister in charge, said: “Our message is, ‘if you really want to defend the Syrian people, put down your weapons and come and defend Syria in the right way, through dialogue’.”

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[2] Syria: growing Arab calls for military intervention as Assad announces amnesty: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-growing-arab-calls-for-military-intervention-as-assad-announces-amnesty.html

[3] Syrian rebels ask US to counter Assad’s airpower: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syrian-rebels-ask-us-to-counter-assads-airpower.html

[4] Syria: why Assad may yet claim victory: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-why-assad-may-yet-claim-victory.html

[5] Russia lifts nationals out of Syria. Moscow, Iran arm Assad for major armored push: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-lifts-nationals-out-of-syria-moscow-iran-arm-assad-for-major-armored-push.html

[6] Syria: Assad regime ready to explore four day truce: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-assad-regime-ready-to-explore-four-day-truce.html

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