"Another prominent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) commander has received a promotion this week as the military’s high command looks to finalize roles for next year.
According to a military source, Major General Zaid Saleh has been named the Deputy Director/Vice President of the Syrian Republican Guard, effective immediately.
Major General Saleh was previously the commander of the Republican Guard’s 30th Division that was leading operations in the Aleppo Governorate; he will now oversee operations all over northern Syria. AMN
Bonaparte in his Maxims made the statement quoted in the title. You may not want to believe that but what would the Grande Armee have been without him personally,? What would the Afrika Korps or later Panzer Armee Afrika have been without Erwin Rommel? The Army of Northern Virginia without Lee, indeed the IXth Legion Hispana without Caesar? They would have been good troops but not at the level to which they reached.
The SAA has survived a horrendous war. In the process New Men were summoned up out of Syria's brown earth. Clausewitz spoke for the ages in Vom Kriege in predicting that this process is inevitable in a army that survives a long, hard war.
Suheil Hassan of the Tiger Forces, and the late Issam Zahreddine are the best known of the New Men, but there are surely others.
There is been certain amount of talk here of which petite ordure of a civilian politician will succeed Bashar Assad when the Russians, Americans, Turks and Iranians combine to force him from office. What a joke! Bashar will not go willingly.
Look at this Man, Zaid Saleh. Look at him! Look at the eyes. Bashar and his government are restructuring for the coming campaigning season.
This man's assignment is to restore the government's authority in Idlib and in the Turkish occupied areas. There will be blood and fire in the NW. pl