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Video: CNN – Assad’s Lifelong Friend: ‘The Crisis has Changed Him’

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A Syrian defector’s mission

By: David Ignatius PARIS, France – Syria’s most prominent military defector says the key to political transition there is to provide a “safety net” that convinces Alawites they won’t be massacred if they break with President Bashar al-Assad. “My main … Continue reading

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Hollande says Syrian defector Tlas is in France

A Syrian general and one-time friend of President Bashar al-Assad who fled Damascus this month is in France, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. General Manaf Tlas, a member of Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority, had been reported to be in … Continue reading

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45 officers of Tlass family defect from regime – Businessman Firas Tlass

By: Mohamed Nassar DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The eldest son of former Syrian Defense Minister General Mustafa Tlass, Firas Tlass, informed Asharq Al-Awsat that a total of 45 members of the Tlass family have defected from the al-Assad regime, … Continue reading

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Syrian Observers doubt motives behind General Tlass’ defection

Sixteen months after the start of the Syrian revolution, one of the pillars of the regime, General Manaf Tlass, has defected. According to certain leaders of the opposition, the childhood friend of Bashar Al-Assad played an important role leading the crackdown … Continue reading

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Manaf Tlas: Syrian regime ‘taking country to Hell’

Sources close to Brigadier General Manaf Tlas, who met him days before he deserted, told the BBC he was very angry about what was happening in Syria and accused the regime of “taking the country to Hell”. “If I were … Continue reading

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Diplomats Cheer Syria General’s Defection

By: Sam Dagher and David Gauthier-Villars Western diplomats in Paris said a top general’s flight from Syria is a sign of how regime elites are abandoning President Bashar al-Assad, heralding the defection during an international summit on Syria that otherwise … Continue reading

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Friend flees Assad as U.S. pressures Russia

By: Samia Nakhoul and Nicholas Vinocur PARIS, France – One of President Bashar al-Assad’s personal friends has defected and was headed for exile in France on Friday, as the Syrian crisis took on a Cold War tone when Washington threatened to … Continue reading

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Syrian clan’s defection strikes at heart of Assad regime

By: Julian Borger The Tlass family helped bridge the Alawite-Sunni divide. Their departure has major implications for the government and the war. The Tlass family was a privileged linchpin of the Assad regime that bound ruling Alawites and the Sunni … Continue reading

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Friend of Assad deserts Syria for France

By: Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT, Lebanon – Manaf Tlas, a family friend of President Bashar al-Assad and head of a unit of his elite Republican Guard, has fled Syria for France and has information about the regime that could help its opponents, the … Continue reading

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