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REPORT: General And 33 Soldiers Defect From Syria

By Ali Gharib  

"REPORT: General And 33 Soldiers Defect From Syria"

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After a Syrian air force pilot went AWOL and turned up in Turkey with his fighter plane last week, this weekend brought a spate of reported new defections from the forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. According to Turkish government officials, a Syrian general defected in recent days, followed by an overnight escape to Turkey by 33 Syrian soldiers. Another Turkish official, however, said the group included three colonels and no general. If the brigadier general, as reported, did leave, his rank would match the highest yet to defect. Rebels believe Syrian forces sometimes intentionally miss targets.

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