Army deserters back Syrian protesters

Members of the "Syrian Free Army", made up of defected soldiers, tell Al Jazeera they are defending their homeland.

    The Syrian government has been using its military to crush an uprising that began in March.

    However, Al Jazeera has evidence the army itself is split over the tactics being used against civilians.

    The defected soldiers say they are now trying to protect peaceful protesters from the government forces and that they are determined to bring down the rule of President Bashar Al Assad.

    Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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