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        6/21/2012, Tammuz 1, 5772

      Syria: Pilot's a Traitor - Return the Plane

      The Syrian Defense Ministry announced, Thursday, that after it became clear that pilot Hassan Mirel al-Hamadeh had indeed defected to Jordan, "The Department of Defense sees him as a pilot who is fleeing from his military service and betraying his country and its military honor." The ministry said it would punish him to the extent of military law and that it was in talks with Jordanian authorities for the return of the plane.

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