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Top General Close to Assad Defects

World News > A high-profile Syrian general with close ties to President Bashar al-Assad and his family has defected, a source close to the Damascus regime told AFP on Friday.

Top General Close to Assad Defects

“General Munaf Tlass defected three days ago, and he appears to have left Syria,” the source said on condition of anonymity.


Tlass is the highest-ranking military officer to have abandoned the Syrian regime. He is the son of former defence minister Mustafa Tlass, a close friend of Assad’s late father and predecessor, Hafez.

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