President Assad's General Defects

Friday, July 06, 2012

Free Syrian Army fighters stand guard in Idlib, northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, on February 20, 2012. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

In a surprising move in Syria, Manaf Tlass, a general in Syria’s Republican Guards, has defected. It's possible that Tlass went to Turkey. Tlass was a member of the Damascus aristocracy and was close to President Basha al-Assad. 

This marks the first defection since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Joshua Landis is the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Guests:

Joshua Landis

Produced by:

Paul R. Smith

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