Syrian army colonel defected with hundreds of soldiers, report

A Syrian army colonel said on Saturday that he has defected with “hundreds” of soldiers and warned the regime against launching a crackdown on the eastern oil hub of Deir Ezzor.

The man, identifying himself as Colonel Riad al-Asaad, said in a telephone call to AFP in Nicosia that he was speaking from inside Syria “near the Turkish border”.

“I am the commander of the Syrian Free Army,” he said.

“We are hundreds,” he added of the number of troops under his command.

The claim could not be independently verified.

But the caller warned the Syrian regime against carrying out any security operations in Deir Ezzor, where activists said a massive military convoy, including tanks, deployed on Saturday.

“I warn the Syrian authorities that I will send my troops to fight against the [regular] army if they do not stop the operations in Deir Ezzor,” Al-Asaad said.

Earlier the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in Britain said soldiers shot dead three stone-throwers as a convoy of 60 military vehicles made its way towards Deir Ezzor.

Rami Abdel Rahman, quoting a witness in the city, said the troops deployed in Deir Ezzor, with some of them taking positions near the offices of the governor.

Deir Ezzor is at the forefront of more than four months of anti-regime protests and scene of a deadly crackdown by the Syrian authorities against dissent.

News24

  • http://www.iranaware.com/ American Infidels

    And it starts… Take back your country

    • 5thDrawer

      Progress … perhaps.

      • PROPHET.T

        Or propaganda,perhaps. Non of the  claims( and reported at this site) that were  made  before about  Army  defection were  ever  confirmed. So  I’ll wait until  such  confirmation is  made before I think it  is  a progress or not.

        • Beiruti

          Yalibnan bullshits a lot, thats why im not on this site much often anymore, everytime i hear one soldier defected another here and there. Then i go on a top class news website, i hear no such thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Kanousis/100000836917806 Jay Kanousis

          I am with you Prophet.  I will hold my enthusiasm until it has been confirmed.

        • Fadi81

          what you meant to say was “OMG I hope this is not true!”

      • http://www.iranaware.com/ American Infidels

        Organization is needed,If the people can turn the army,they will win. Lets hope someone stops him before he really starts the killing… The violence must end..

  • http://iranaware.blogspot.com/ Iran Aware

    And it starts… Take back your country

    • Anonymous

      Progress … perhaps.

      • PROPHET.T

        Or propaganda,perhaps. Non of the  claims( and reported at this site) that were  made  before about  Army  defection were  ever  confirmed. So  I’ll wait until  such  confirmation is  made before I think it  is  a progress or not.

        • Anonymous

          Yalibnan bullshits a lot, thats why im not on this site much often anymore, everytime i hear one soldier defected another here and there. Then i go on a top class news website, i hear no such thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Kanousis/100000836917806 Jay Kanousis

          I am with you Prophet.  I will hold my enthusiasm until it has been confirmed.

        • Anonymous

          what you meant to say was “OMG I hope this is not true!”

        • Anonymous

          what you meant to say was “OMG I hope this is not true!”

      • http://iranaware.blogspot.com/ Iran Aware

        Organization is needed,If the people can turn the army,they will win. Lets hope someone stops him before he really starts the killing… The violence must end..

  • Patience2

    If it’s ‘for real’, it’s the start of a good trend!

  • Patience2

    If it’s ‘for real’, it’s the start of a good trend!

  • Anonymous

    If it’s ‘for real’, it’s the start of a good trend!

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    Topple Iran’s regime and you’ll be liberated

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    Topple Iran’s regime and you’ll be liberated

  • antar2011

    it is a shame that the pple who said we are waiting for these news to be confirmed are not as patient with the ‘news’ concerning STL nor are they willing to see proofs for some claims in wikileaks!

  • antar2011

    it is a shame that the pple who said we are waiting for these news to be confirmed are not as patient with the ‘news’ concerning STL nor are they willing to see proofs for some claims in wikileaks!

  • Anonymous

    it is a shame that the pple who said we are waiting for these news to be confirmed are not as patient with the ‘news’ concerning STL nor are they willing to see proofs for some claims in wikileaks!