Middle East
Syrian army defector calls for help
Former colonel calls for international help as many more troops wanting to defect are holding back because of fear.
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2012 06:39

At least four army officers, including two brigadier generals and two colonels, defected to the oppostion on Thursday, the same day an air force pilot flew to Jordan and requested political asylum. 

Abdal Fareed Zakaria, one of the defected colonels, told our network that many more government troops want to switch sides but would face horrifying consequences, including attacks on their family members. 

He says the international community is not doing enought to support the Syrian uprising and calls for a buffer zone to help the Free Syrian Army, the armed opposition, fight against the military.


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