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Top Syrian Official Defects

  • Maj.General Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, head of the military police in the Assad administration of Syria, has reportedly defected and left the government. In a TV telecast, the general said he had defected because the Syrian military police have strayed from their mission of protecting the country. "In the name of God, I am General Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, head of the military police.  I have defected because of the deviation of the army from its primary duty of protecting the country and its transformation into gangs of killing and destruction, the destruction of cities and villages and committing massacres against our unarmed people who went out to demand liberty. Long live Syria free and strong", the General said in his telecast. The general’s defection comes as another blow to the Damascus administration, even as the rebel forces edge closer to the capital. Government bases around Damascus have been falling according to recent reports. Earlier this month the US joined over 100 countries in recognizing the opposition in Syria as the true representative of the people.

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