Syrian defectors regroup on country's borders

Al Jazeera visits army deserters in Lebanon who are gathering to form their own armed groups.

    Since the uprising began in Syria, a number of soldiers have defected from the army, some to join the Free Syrian Army, but others have been forced outside the country's borders.

    In an exclusive report, Al Jazeera went to a village located in northern Lebanon to see how they operate.

    Outnumbered and outgunned, these army defectors say they were forced to retreat when security forces stormed the town of Telkalah last August.

    The leader of the newly named Martyrs of Telkalah Brigade says he is in direct contact with the Free Syrian Army's command base in southern Turkey.

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from northern Lebanon.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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