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  Sivan 15, 5772 , 05/07/12

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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