Syria's Assad 'plans to escape to Russia'

Former aide to Syrian president, who defected in September, says he was privy to many of the regime's secrets.

    Turkey is not only home to more than 100,000 Syrian civilian refugees, but also high ranking defectors. 
     
    Abdullah al-Omar says he was one of the staff members in the Media Office of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president.
     
    He was privy to many of the secrets of the adminstration until his defection last September.

    In an interview with Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught in Antakya, southern Turkey, Omar claimed the Assad regime knows it cannot hold onto power and has already made plans to escape to Russia.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.