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        7/5/2012, Tammuz 15, 5772

      Son of Former Syrian Defense Minister Defects to Turkey


      Syrian Brigadier General Manaf Talas, the son of former defense minister Mustapha Talas, has defected to Turkey, according to a senior Syrian security source, cited Thursday evening by a Turkish news agency.

      The younger Talas served as commander of Brigade 105 in the Republican Guards and was considered to close to President Bashar Al-Assad. He is the most senior officer from the Republican Guards to join the rebels opposed to Assad.

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