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June 22, 2012 6:00 am

Assad’s Close Allies Prepare to Defect

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.

Telegraph – Members of Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle are secretly making plans to defect to the opposition should the Syrian regime become critically threatened by the rebellion, US officials have told The Daily Telegraph.

Senior military figures are understood to be laying down “exit strategies” and establishing lines of communication with the rebels to discuss how they would be received if they deserted.

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