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Turkish Diplomat Says Two More Syrian Generals Defect

إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية W460

Two more generals have fled Syria and linked up with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime in Damascus, a Turkish diplomat said on Monday.

The latest defections mean a total of nine generals have deserted since the revolt against Assad's rule erupted a year ago, many of them seeking refuge in neighboring Turkey.

In addition, around 200 more Syrians crossed into Turkey on Sunday, bringing the total number of refugees to 16,100, the same official added on condition of anonymity.

"The generals arrived Friday and nearly 200 other people, most of them women and children, have crossed over since yesterday", the official told Agence France Presse.

Turkey, once a close ally of Syria, has been at the forefront of international criticism of the deadly crackdown on protestors and has become the main haven for opposition groups and rebel fighters.

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Default-user-icon Truly Lebanese (Guest) 19 March 2012, 17:34

The arabs should increase their $$$$ to pay more and more officers annd soldiers to defect ..that's the only way to get rid of the butcher without foreign intervention.

Come on guys i remember during the occupation we used to buy syrian soldiers for one box of cigarettes or catridges

Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 19 March 2012, 18:46

2 today hopefully a dozen tomorrow on the way to the end of the regime.