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February 22, 2012 1:14 pm

Dozens Dead in Syria as Top Military Officer Defects to Opposition

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Syrian protest in Baba Amr neighborhood, a rebel stronghold. Photo: wiki commons.

Haaretz – A senior Syrian military officer has defected from the forces of President Bashar  Assad’s regime along with a group of some two hundred soldiers in the city of Idlib, opposition sources reported on Wednesday.

The senior officer has a rank of Brigadier General.

Opposition sources said that a battalion has been established in the city to figh tregime forces. Meanwhile, the number of defectors from the Syrian army is growing, and many citizens are joining the Free Syrian Army.

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