A Syrian army general, several officers defected to Turkey

A Syrian general and several army officers have fled Syria and defected to Turkey in a string of defections among security ranks in the Syrian army as it intensifies its military crackdown on the armed opposition with a high level of civilian casualties.

42 Syrians, including a general, three colonels, one lt. colonel, one major, two captains, one lieutenant and one major sergeant and their families entered into Turkey at the border village of Bükülmez in Hatay’s Reyhanlı district.

The army officers and their families were taken to the Apaydın camp, where Turkey shelters defected Syrian army members.

With the latest defections, the total number of Syrian generals that defected to Turkey has risen to 50.

This development comes days after Syria’s chief of military police defected to the opposition. Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, is one of the most senior members of Assad’s regime to join the opposition during the 21-month-old revolt against his authoritarian rule.

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  • breakthemould

    How many Generals does Syria have? I would have thought that 50 is more than plenty. If they have all defected to Turkey who is running the military now in Syria? Maher on his own?

  • breakthemould

    How many Generals does Syria have? I would have thought that 50 is more than plenty. If they have all defected to Turkey who is running the military now in Syria? Maher on his own?

  • breakthemould

    Just found it. ” In total, 40 Brigadier generals from the Army have defected to the opposition army, out of a total 1,200 generals.”
    That is a hell of a lot of Generals for a country of Syria’s size. Are they all qualified? or their qualification is that the are Allawites? The mind boggles.

    • FreetheME

      40 animals that have sold their soul to the devil. Good riddens. What money does to a human. As Cuba Gooding, Jr said in the movie Jerry Maguire, SHOW ME THE MONEY

  • breakthemould

    Just found it. ” In total, 40 Brigadier generals from the Army have defected to the opposition army, out of a total 1,200 generals.”
    That is a hell of a lot of Generals for a country of Syria’s size. Are they all qualified? or their qualification is that the are Allawites? The mind boggles.

    • FreetheME

      40 animals that have sold their soul to the devil. Good riddens. What money does to a human. As Cuba Gooding, Jr said in the movie Jerry Maguire, SHOW ME THE MONEY

  • breakthemould

    Would you condone killing civilians? would you do it? or resign?

  • breakthemould

    Would you condone killing civilians? would you do it? or resign?