Troops Leave Israeli Border to Defense Damascus - Middle East - News - Israel National News
Syrian President Bashar Assad has pulled troops from the Israeli border to defend Damascus against rebels, the Israeli army intelligence chief said Tuesday. *
"The Syrian military is acting very brutally, which shows the regime is desperate. Its control of Damascus is getting weaker," Major-General Aviv Kochavi told a parliamentary committee, according to a Knesset spokesman whose remarks were reported by Reuters.
"Assad has moved many of his forces that were in the Golan Heights to the conflict areas," Kochavi said. "He's not afraid of Israel at this point, but primarily wants to bolster his forces around Damascus."