[QODLink]
Middle East
Syria expert discusses defections claim
University of Oklahoma's Joshua Landis underscores the need for caution regarding notion of a wholesale mutiny.
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2011 20:30



Discussing the reported military defections in Syria over phone from Norman, Oklahoma, Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said: "Syria is a deeply divided society. We have to be cautious with this notion of a wholesale mutiny on the part of Sunni soldiers.

"Undoubtedly we have heard of a few, so far individuals.

"Now this tank unit is a new thing. For a whole unit to go over to the other side ... I think that this is something that we will see more of.

"There is a lot of pressure for the army to abandon the regime."

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.