Defections to Syria: four generals join opposition

Defections to Syria: four generals join opposition

Damascus : Syria | Mar 09, 2012 at 1:57 AM PST
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Four generals have defected to the insurgency fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, announced Thursday, March 8 two rebel groups. These senior military won a camp in southern Turkey which includes deserters, said Lt. Khaled Al-Hamoud, spokesman for the Syrian Army free (ASL). Their identity was not revealed, and they are heard by the Turkish authorities.

According the same source, seven brigadiers who have all deserted the ranks of the regular army. The rank of brigadier general is the fifth highest in the Syrian military hierarchy. "We have six brigadiers who are now in Turkey and another, who remained in Syria to command battalions," said Hamoud. "We will form an advisory board to incorporate these generals, but all high-ranking defectors, and this group will conduct operations on behalf of the ASL," he said. According to Le Figaro, the power would also disarm the Sunni units of the army "the confession of thousands of antigovernment protesters Bashar".

The ASL count 20,000 fighters, mostly army deserters government. The Syrian army is composed of 300,000 soldiers.


Nearly twelve thousand Syrians crossed the border to take refuge in Turkey since the beginning of the protest movement of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, said an official of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The total number of Syrian refugees in Turkey now stands at 11,876 against about 9000 a month ago and a half. Hundreds of Syrians have recently crossed the border with Turkey for fear of a worsening security situation in the province of Idleb where the army has sent reinforcements Thursday.

The army took by storm Chaghourit Friday, Al-Laj, and As-Sahn Hamimat four villages in the province of Idleb, where activists fear a major offensive, similar to that of Homs, Syrian reports the Observatory of human Rights (OSDH). A large number of tanks and soldiers gathered in the district of Jabal Al-Zawiya, in the province of Idleb, according Milad Fadl, a militant of the General Committee of the Syrian revolution.

Many inhabitants of eight villages of Jabal Al-Zawiya and the city of Idleb fled. As they had done in Homs, the official media focused their coverage on Idleb, "saying that there are terrorist gangs that terrorize the population, to prepare the public" for a possible attack, said Mr. Abdel Rahman.


Beijing, widely criticized for its support for the regime in Damascus, announced on Friday, hurry Zhang Ming, a new envoy to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and France (March 14 to 16) to explain China's position on Syria.

President Assad fight against "terrorists" backed by Al Qaeda, including at least 15 000 foreign fighters who will not hesitate to seize the city if the army withdraws, said Thursday Mikhail Lebedev, deputy representative Russia to the UN mission, told a forum dedicated to humanitarian Syria.

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Syrian anti-government protesters during a demonstration in Homs
Syrian anti-government protesters during a demonstration in Homs
Nazish Fatima is based in Rāwalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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