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Tlass: The general who could bear Al Assad no more

ANTAKYA, Turkey – Last Thursday afternoon in a Turkish hamlet not far from the town of Rehanliya on the Syrian border, two black four-wheel drive cars with tinted windows appeared amid the olive groves and red-soiled farmland of what has … Continue reading

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France says Syrian defector Tlas in talks with opposition

Syrian general Manaf Tlas, a former friend and ally of President Bashar al-Assad who fled Damascus last week, is in contact with Syrian opposition rebels, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. “I know the opposition and this general … Continue reading

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The story behind the defection of Syrian general Manaf Tlas

The defection of Brigadier-General Manaf Tlas dealt a severe blow to the Syrian regime and sent everyone wondering how a top military official once considered closest to President Bashar al-Assad then turned against him. Manaf Tlas, 48, is known to … Continue reading

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