Eighty-Five Syrian Soldiers, Including a General, Defect en Masse to Turkey

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ISTANBUL — Eighty-five Syrian soldiers, including one general and at least 14 lower-ranking officers, fled into southern Turkey’s Hatay Province on Monday, Turkish news agencies reported. It was one of the largest mass military defections since the Syrian conflict began 16 months ago. Enlarge This Image Yazen Homsy/Reuters Syrian rebel fighters with a group calling itself the Khaled bin Walid Fighters, took positions Sunday against government soldiers in Hamidiyeh, a district in the city of Homs. Related Talks Come Up With Plan for Syria, but Not for Assad’s Exit (July 1, 2012) Russians and Syrians, Allied by History and Related by Marriage (July 2, 2012) Times Topic: Syria…

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