Assad's Situation - Syria's military

by phil on Tuesday Apr 15, 2003 3:36 PM

Assad's Situation - Syria's military machine may be hollow—but it isn't harmless. By Fred Kaplan For example, take those 4,700 tanks. About 2,000 of them are 1960s-vintage T-55s, another 1,000 only slightly newer T-62s, both models from the USSR and utterly useless in modern combat. About 1,700 are T-72s, from the 1970s and '80s, but many of those are embedded in static defensive positions, and none have received much in the way of spare parts or maintenance since the Soviet Union went under.

How Syria could get duped if it pisses off Bill O'Reilly, Ari Fleischer, Karl Rove, and our "shock and awe" loving americanas.

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