Defector: Over 10,000 Syrian soldiers have deserted

By REUTERS
October 1, 2011 10:30

More than 10,000 soldiers have deserted the Syrian army and defectors are attacking security police who enforce loyalty to Syrian President Bashar Assad, a high-ranking defector said on Friday.

Colonel Riad al-Asaad told Reuters that guerrilla-style attacks were concentrating on Military and Air Force Intelligence, secret police personnel entrusted with preventing mutiny in the military, who have been behind some of the biggest attacks on pro-democracy protesters.


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