Syrian General, Troops Defect to Turkey

Turkey Touts Defections as Syria Loses 14th General

A group of 293 Syrians, mostly women and children fleeing the civil war, arrived in Turkey’s Reyhanli today. The group included dozens of Syrian soldiers as well, including a general and several other officers.

The general, who has yet to be identified, is the second general to leave the country for Turkey in less than two weeks, and the 14th overall since the civil war began. Turkish officials touted the news, saying that the defections are becoming more organized.

The Syrian National Council, the self-proclaimed rebel leadership, also cheered the defections, saying they proved that the regime is “dissolving” and had lost all support internally. Most of the troops defecting to Turkey have joined the Free Syrian Army, a rebel force openly backed by Turkey.

Tensions between Turkey and Syria have continued to rise in recent days, with Turkey once again reporting today that it scrambled fighter jets on claims Syrian helicopters were “close” to their border.

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  • Ben_C

    .Obviously those who left don't support the "opposition"; otherwise they would have stayed in Syria and fought side by side with them rather than left for Turkey… 293 people crossed a boarder and this is somehow a 'big deal'? Hmmmmm……

  • 08oo

    No wonder that people escape those dirty NATO-Proxy-killers got new terrible weapons from USA:

    CIA supplies Terrorist Death Squads with Thermobaric Chemical Nuclear Weapons (New evidence that CIA and western intelligence are supplying the terrorists in Syria with shoulder fired munition containing chemical, thermobaric and radioactive warheads) :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N3tiaTYhpk

    and they have no mercy:
    "Women and Children can be killed" (Free Syrian Army Hatemonger claims) (03/2012) Cleric advise

    Houla false flag massacre – NATO's jihadist death squads responsible, not the Syrian army.mp4

    Go to JIHAD in Syria ya Muslims – ASAD will fall "FREEDOM FIGHTERS are growing – because Muhajids from IRak Turkey and other places are going there - We will kill Asad and his wife .
    kosovasunimuslim 2 months ago with 14 dumbs up by

    Islam will dominate the world!!!!!.mp4

    Peaceful unarmed civilians? : http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=pbdZR-GzWZ4
    Syria – "peaceful demonstrators" opening fire on a bus full of civilians

    Al qaida-Armee proud of 1000s of killings:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-gGJW4YHRw

    Attention ! Graphic, Al Qaeda brutality !-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQz8hGq4Jlo
    beheading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=952o1DJhcbQ

    I suggest to have a look who they do want to fight:
    Interview Syrian President Dr Bashar Assad watch?v=_PwFBqiH6As

    Barbara Walters Interview with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad: 'There Was No Command to Kill'

    Full Interview President Bashar al-Assad with Barbara Walters from ABC News http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=n8P6860vIiA

    Most interessting blocked Parts of ABC News' Barbara Walters interview with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

    Asma Assad about managing many cultures living together peaceful – (of course Sharia fundamentalists want domination of others and their head, because she disturbs the submission of their islamic drilled wifes):

  • Charles

    That’s a bunch of lies. A general is not an ordinary soldier. According to this manufactured piece of news apparently from a Turkish source and dutifully reported by Anti-war, so far 14 generals have defected but not even a single name given. If this was true, Turkish newspapers would have splashed their names proudly with the largest font size on the headlines.

  • Charles

    Syrian President interviewed by a Turkish journalist on Al-Jazeera (English). A MUST READ.