Residents: Syria force surrounds town after defections

By REUTERS
August 29, 2011 11:04

 
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AMMAN - An armored Syrian force surrounded a town near Homs on Monday after the defection of tens of soldiers from the area, activists and residents said, in the latest operation to counter dissent within the military during a five month popular uprising.

Since the demise of Muammar Gaddafi's rule over Libya, activists and residents have been reporting increasing defections among the Syrian army, as well as more intense street protests against the president.

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