Why are hundreds of Syrians turning up in cargo ships between Italy and Greece?
It seems that the Syrian government is trying to mobilise its army reserve, and the reservists aren’t keen to go.
It’s fairly well known that the government doesn’t trust much of its army, and has relied on its spooks, some elite units, its party militia, and international volunteers. Now, it seems they’re short-handed again. Meanwhile, ferries that operated from Syria to Turkey have been shut down, probably because too many people were leaving to dodge the column.
The timing – the callout began in mid-November – is suggestive.