Senior army figures defect


At least one Brigadier General and three Colonels are believed to have defected from the Syrian regime yesterday according to a number of press reports. The defectors along with more junior ranks crossed over the border to Turkey.

In other news the Turkish government has requested a meeting with NATO for today. The meeting will be to discuss the shooting down of one of their reconnaissance F4 Phantom jets over the weekend by Syrian forces. The two sides are disputing how the jet was shot down and whether it was in Syrian airspace. Turkey says that a second jet was fired at yesterday.

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