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Give Us Hagel for Christmas
We've been good, says Kelley Vlahos
Private Murders and Government Murders
Michael Tennant deplores both
Pyongyang Is Still Deterred
Relax, advises Ted Galen Carpenter
 No Christmas in Rebel-Held Northern Syria
Prayers for peace, but conspicuous lack of celebration
Israel: 1,200 More Settlement Houses
Expansion continues despite international condemnations
US to Send Troops to 35 African Nations
Odierno plans for fast deployments anywhere in the world
 Those Mad, Mad Mullahs
Please give Flynt Leverett a break
America's Really Stupid Syria Policy
Philip Giraldi on the worsening situation
What Bill of Rights?
John Knefel on the lawless police
Syrian Military Police Chief Defects to Rebels
Gen. Shallal Calls Military 'Gangs of Murder and Destruction'
by Jason Ditz, December 26, 2012
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Another military leader as defected to Syria’s growing rebellion, this time Major General Abdulaziz al-Shallal, the head of the nation’s military police, who appeared in a video today, reportedly from Turkey, to announce his decision.
Maj. Gen. Shallal appears in uniform in the statement, and accused the Syrian Army of being a collection of “gangs of murder and destruction​.” He also claimed others were planning to defect, but had yet to be able to.
The US State Department praised Shallal’s defection, saying it proved that regime change was “inevitable.” The Free Syrian Army claimed Shallal’s defection required him to cross the border on horseback for some inscrutable reason.
Syrian government officials downplayed the significance of the defection, noting that Shallal was nearing retirement at any rate. As is so often the case, however, the battle will be primarily about international public opinion rather than the practical matter of the war on the ground, as rebels remain focused on convincing NATO to invade and install them outright.
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Highlights
Give Us Hagel for Christmas
We've been good, says Kelley Vlahos
Private Murders and Government Murders
Michael Tennant deplores both
Pyongyang Is Still Deterred
Relax, advises Ted Galen Carpenter
Breaking News
No Christmas in Rebel-Held Northern Syria
Prayers for peace, but conspicuous lack of celebration
Israel: 1,200 More Settlement Houses
Expansion continues despite international condemnations
US to Send Troops to 35 African Nations
Odierno plans for fast deployments anywhere in the world