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.
Two more Syrian generals crossed into Turkey Tuesday, bringing to 27 the total number of generals who have fled the violence in Syria, a Turkish foreign ministry diplomat told AFP on Wednesday.
Defected Syrian Brigadier-General Manaf Tlas called on Syrians to unite and look towards a post-revolutionary Syria, in a statement broadcast exclusively on Al Arabiya late Tuesday. “I speak to you as a defected member of the Syrian army, who refuses criminal violence
THREE more Syrian generals have crossed into Turkey, bringing to 24 the number of generals who have fled the unrest in Syria. “Ten officers including one general fled to Turkey overnight (Thursday),” said the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. And “Two brigadier generals crossed Friday,” he added.
Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was formally sworn in on Saturday as the first democratically elected president of Egypt, signaling a new stage in an ever murkier struggle to define the future of the nation after six decades of military-backed autocracy.