"He doesn't need to know..." - The Jordanian armed forces have long loved their Hashemite soldier-kings. Jordan is no longer a country attached to an army as it once was but the "Jeish Arabi" still marches to music composed by the first Abdullah, Hussein, Peake, Glubb, Cook, et al. It used to be a Jordanian Army joke that if King Hussein had told them all that the only solution for the Israeli problem would be for them to convert to Judaism, then after mumbling among themselves for a while they would have said, "well, if you think so, boss." At the same time they have always believed that the king should be protected from the harsher realities and that it was not necessary for the throne to be infomed of everything that had to be done. Yesterday, RJAF struck three Syrian rebel vehicles that were attempting to enter Jordan. Two explanations are possible: 1- A mistake. This is tempting since Jordan is allowing the training of "moderate" rebels on Jordanian soil. "Oops!" 2 - The Jordanian military do not favor the Syrian rebellion and the training and are convinced that the "moderates" are not moderate and are a certain danger to Jordan in the future. "Oops!" NY Time et al
TOW - The enhanced TOW anti-tank missile is old technology, but good technology. With a range of just over 4,000 meters it is wire guided and even I can hit a tank body with it. We sold and/or gave a lot of these to Saudi Arabia and Turkey as well as Iran during the Iran-Contra Affair. IMO these countries are the source of these missiles, but it is possible that they were directly transferred by the CIA under a presidential finding. These missiles have probably been in the logistical pipeline for quite a while and their provision may not be indicative of the latest Saudi policy. Will they be a "game changer" at this stage of the war? I doubt it unless they are present in great numbers. Syrian and Hizbullah infantry and artillery will have to be more active to compensate for this new rebel capability. What else is likely to appear in rebel hands? MANPADS? I would bet on it. The US has been hesitant to allow this to happen from US stocks because of the ease with which these can be transferred to jihadi groups everywhere, but there are many other sources of MANPADS in the world. Washpost
Homs - "With their spirits beaten down, hundreds of rebels have accepted government offers to hand over their weapons, activists and Syrian state media said, weakening the resolve of some of those who remain in the city. There has been a slow and steady exodus since mass evacuations were conducted in February under the auspices of the United Nations.
At least 300 fighters have left in the past month, according to three activists in the city, and one put the number at nearer 1,000. Virtually no civilians remain, they said. Fighters turn themselves in at a school, where they wait to be cleared, and hundreds remain in detention, the activists said.
The opposition All4Syria news site said 500 had surrendered their arms since last month, and it predicted that rebel-held areas of the city would fall within the week. The Syrian Arab News Agency said 100 had surrendered in the past 10 days.
“As a result of the scarcity of cigarettes and food, and the long duration of the siege, the regime has seduced them,” said Abu Bilal, an opposition activist in the Old City." Washington Post