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Syria suffers more mass defections as top army officers defy Assad and arrive in Turkey with their families

Posted By admin On June 25, 2012 @ 7:20 am In World News | Comments Disabled

UK Daily Mail [1]
June 25, 2012

A host of top Syrian army officers have defected from brutal President Bashar Assad’s forces and arrived in Turkey.

A general, two colonels, two majors, one lieutenant and 33 soldiers have turned up, with their families, Turkish state television has said.

A total of 224 individuals are seeking asylum in the neighbouring country, also reported by private news channel CNN Turk.

They are being hosted at a refugee camp near the border. It follows the defection of four high-placed Syrian military officials – two brigadier-generals and two colonels who are all brothers – on Saturday.

And on Thursday a MiG fighter pilot, the first aircraft defection, flew to Jordan and was given political asylum.

Thousands of soldiers have abandoned the regime, but most are low-level conscripts. The Free Syria Army – the loosely linked group of rebel forces – is made up largely of defectors.

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[1] UK Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164292/Syria-suffers-mass-defections-army-officers-defy-Assad-arrive-Turkey-families.html

[2] Syria grounds fighter-bomber fleet for fear of more defections: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-grounds-fighter-bomber-fleet-for-fear-of-more-defections.html

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[6] Libya Redux: France and al-Qaeda Assist Free Syria Army in Turkey: http://www.prisonplanet.com/libya-redux-france-and-al-qaeda-assist-free-syria-army-in-turkey.html

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