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  • Former Syrian defense minister defects in break with Assad

    By Aaron Wood

    September 4, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Former Syrian Defence Minister General Ali Habib, a prominent member of President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect, has defected and is now in Turkey, a senior member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition told Reuters on Wednesday.

    If his defection is confirmed, Habib would be...

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