Defections

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Syrian Army's Logistics Chief Defects

Syrian Army's Logistics Chief Defects

The Syrian army's logistics chief, General Mohammed Khalluf, has defected, activists claim., 17/03/2013 04:42
20 Syrian Troops Defect to Turkey

20 Syrian Troops Defect to Turkey

A group of some 20 Syrian soldiers, including a general, have defected from the army and fled to Turkey.Elad Benari, 02/01/2013 03:46
Report: Defected Syrian Helping U.S. Intelligence

Report: Defected Syrian Helping U.S. Intelligence

The Syrian government's former spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, is co-operating with U.S. intelligence officials, the British Guardian reports.Elad Benari, 26/12/2012 06:22
Assad Forces Torch Former FM Spokesman's Home

Assad Forces Torch Former FM Spokesman's Home

Loyalist forces have torched the home of former Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad al-Makdissi, who has fled the country.Chana Ya'ar, 06/12/2012 14:13
Key Syrian Defector Hints that France Helped Him

Key Syrian Defector Hints that France Helped Him

Key Syrian defector General Manaf Tlas hints that French secret agents helped him flee Syria, won't explain how.Elad Benari, 11/09/2012 04:43
Syrian Air Force Intel Chief Assassinated

Syrian Air Force Intel Chief Assassinated

The head of Syria's Air Force intelligence has been assassinated by an aide, Arab media sources report.Chana Ya'ar, 26/08/2012 14:57
Former Syrian MP Flees to Jordan

Former Syrian MP Flees to Jordan

A former Syrian MP, Nasser Al Hariri from Daraa, has fled to Jordan along with large numbers of Syrian officers.Elad Benari, 24/08/2012 06:43
Cousin of Syrian Vice President Defects

Cousin of Syrian Vice President Defects

Colonel Yarab al-Shara, a cousin of Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara, announces defection from Assad’s regime.Elad Benari, 17/08/2012 06:42
White House: Assad's Government is Crumbling

White House: Assad's Government is Crumbling

White House says the defection of Syria's prime minister shows that the Syrian government is “crumbling from within”.Elad Benari, 07/08/2012 05:43
Syrian Intelligence Officer Defects

Syrian Intelligence Officer Defects

Senior Syrian officer reported to have defected. He was head of an intelligence organization responsible for monitoring dissent.Elad Benari, 06/08/2012 06:34
Defected Syrian General: Denounce Assad's Crimes

Defected Syrian General: Denounce Assad's Crimes

Defected Syrian brigadier general Manaf Tlas calls on the Syrian military to denounce the crimes committed by Assad's forces.Elad Benari, 25/07/2012 04:12
Defecting Syrian General Confirmed to be in France

Defecting Syrian General Confirmed to be in France

General Manaf Tlas, who defected from Assad's regime this month, is confirmed by President Hollande to be in France.Elad Benari, 18/07/2012 05:13
Syrian Intelligence Chief Defects to Rebel Forces

Syrian Intelligence Chief Defects to Rebel Forces

The head of Syrian intelligence has allegedly left the country and defected. His whereabouts are unknown.Chana Ya'ar, 16/07/2012 17:54
Defecting Diplomat: Only Force Can Topple Assad

Defecting Diplomat: Only Force Can Topple Assad

Nawaf Fares, Syria's ambassador to Iraq who defected: There is no way Assad can be pushed from power without force.Elad Benari, 13/07/2012 06:12
Syria's Ambassador to Iraq Defects

Syria's Ambassador to Iraq Defects

Syria's ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, has defected from the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad.Elad Benari, 12/07/2012 03:16
U.S. Welcomes Defection of Top Syrian General

U.S. Welcomes Defection of Top Syrian General

U.S. says the defection of a top general from the Syrian regime is “significant”, but notes that Assad still “has loyalists around.”Elad Benari, Canada, 06/07/2012 23:09
Top Syrian General Defects to Turkey

Top Syrian General Defects to Turkey

Manaf Tlass, a Syrian general who was a leading member of Assad's inner circle, has defected to Turkey.Elad Benari, 06/07/2012 04:46
15th General Defects from Syria to Turkey

15th General Defects from Syria to Turkey

A Syrian general and a number of soldiers among 66 Syrians who flee into Turkey in one day.Elad Benari, 05/07/2012 06:43
Report: 85 Syrian Soldiers Defect to Turkey

Report: 85 Syrian Soldiers Defect to Turkey

Nearly 300 Syrians have defected to Turkey, including 85 soldiers, Turkey's state-run news agency reports.Elad Benari, 03/07/2012 04:13
Syrian Army Officers, More Pilots Defect

Syrian Army Officers, More Pilots Defect

Dozens of Syrian Army officers have defected to the opposition forces and taken their weapons with them.Chana Ya'ar, 24/06/2012 15:47