Syrian Regime Weakened By Defections

After the bloodiest month yet of the Syrian civili war, the opposition may be divided, but so, too, is the regime. The New York Times confirmed reports that Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass — a Sunni confidant of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad — defected and notes that “at least one deputy minister and 15 generals, all of them Sunnis, have defected to Turkey, 5 in the past few weeks alone.” Attrition appears in lower ranks as well, with “virtually none,” according to experts, of the 80,000 conscripts expected to serve this year in the Syrian military reporting for duty.