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Security forces have executed Free Syrian Army Lieutenant colonel Hussein Harmush, a founder of the rebel group made up of soldiers who defected, the Syrian League for Human Rights said on Monday.

“An air force intelligence unit last week carried out a sentence to shoot dead officer Hussein Harmush,” the non-governmental group said in a statement.

The report could not be immediately confirmed.

Syrian Lieutenant Colonel Hussein Harmush holding his army ID card during an interview with AFP on June 14 in the Turkish village of Guvecci when he became the first Syrian military officer to publicly declare his opposition to the regime's deadly crackdown on protesters.

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