March 7th, 2012
08:59 PM ET

Man claiming to be Syrian oil official says he's defecting

A man identifying himself as Abdo Hussam el Din, the Syrian deputy oil minister, announced in a video posted Wednesday on YouTube that he is defecting from the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I am joining the revolution of the people," the man says in Arabic. He appears to be the same man pictured on the government's oil website, which identifies him by name and title. He was appointed deputy oil minister in August 2009.

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  1. chrissy

    Take that Al-Assad! And this is going to be how the people of Syria rise above this POS!

    March 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drap

    This man can not be trusted..he has an uncanny resemblance to one of the terrorist pilots in "Team America"... .

    March 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. happy

    YEH SO WHAT! NOBODY CARES WHETHER HE DEFECTS OR NOT

    March 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. happy

    THE WORLD CANNOT TRUST THE MIDDLEEAST

    March 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    and so it begins..

    March 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy ©

    Lee: sigh. Agreed.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    McDonalds ain't hiring now.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dingleberry

    There are 10 ways to dunk an oreo cookie.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Beavis and Butthead

    Heh, I thought it said he was defecating.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. ~BAKED ALASKA~

    @ B&B , I thought the same thing... Huh! Heh heh HEH huh...

    March 9, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Buy Stun Guns Online

    Let them all defect, just give more oppertunity to find out what is really going on there.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |