RIA Novosti 
Sept 27, 2012
At least five former military officers who had joined the ranks of Syrian rebels admitted on Wednesday that they were wrong and refused to fight against the government, al-Quds al-Arabi online news portal reported.
The officers fought in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – the main armed opposition group composed of defected Syrian Armed Forces personnel and volunteers.
“We announce our refusal to carry on the armed resistance as we have realized that the solution to the Syrian crisis cannot be achieved by holding weapons,” Col. Khaled al-Zalem told a conference of Syrian opposition in Damascus.
Al-Zalem, who served as the head of an FSA ‘military council’ in southern Syria, said he and several other officers were siding back with the government and called on other rebels to follow their example .