High-ranking general defects from Syrian military
Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlas, right in an undated photo with Bashar al-Assad, has been a key member of the Syrian president's regime.
July 6th, 2012
05:19 AM ET

High-ranking general defects from Syrian military

[Updated at 9:22 a.m. ET] Manaf Tlas, a Sunni general in Syria's elite Republican Guards, has defected, a Western diplomat said Friday, a stunning blow to the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Tlas, the son of a former Syrian defense minister and cousin of a first lieutenant in al-Assad's army, is possibly the most senior Sunni in a power structure dominated by the Alawite minority.

"He's an inside confidant of Assad. So it counts that even an insider thinks it's time to go," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to speak to the media.

Syria has been engulfed in nearly 16 months of unrest. Thousands have died as Syrian government assaults against protesters led to a nationwide uprising.

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  1. saywhat

    Thanks@Philip
    as usual your detailed comments are of substance.
    Word of God as brought to mankind by Jesus and before him is no longer public in its origins. Especially during the rule of the Romans after Jesus ,as you pointed out, it was corrupted to suit the then political agenda and to conform more to the mythology so widely accepted then as divine.
    But leave this to the scholars to chew.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good day all.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. revnowwhilewecan

    al-Assad is the peoples choice. Please don't forget that.
    "Thousands have died as Syrian government assaults against protesters led to a nationwide uprising." Once again one sided reporting. Why no mention of the terrorist's aka "free Syrian army" coming in from other countries, bringing arms funded by western warmongering "diplomats" who want Assad to step aside? A higher % of voters put Assad in office than Americans did Obama in '08. And pulezze don't even bring up voter fraud unless you're willing to admit the same fraud happens in ALL "democracy's". And yes, it even happens in (gasp) the USA. 0-o My shocked face.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • IndyThinker

      Peoples choice?! Yeah. Just like Kim Jong-Un in North Korea or worse.
      Who ran against al-Assad?
      Nobody! Because they knew it would be suicide.
      Of course that dog got a higher percentage of votes than Obama. There was no one else to vote for!
      Do you really think anyone is going to believe that this evil little prince is the choice of the people of Syria?
      Are you saying the people of Syria wanted 14,000 of their countrymen women and children to be
      executed by the Butcher Bashar. Are you saying the people of Syria chose to down a Turkish jet
      in International waters, 15 minutes after momentarily straying into Syrian air space and then to shoot at
      the rescue plane which was in international territory? I'm pretty sure al-Assad won't have to step aside.
      He has probably already been poloniumed by Russia. Russia should be happy to do this for world peace.
      Russia does 25 Billion a year with the US and only sells 2 Billion dollars worth of genocide supplies to al-Assad per year. Voter fraud. LOL! ROTFL! Who told you there was an election with a legal opposition?
      Even his wife could win. She should run or Manaf Tlas. There will never be an opposing candidate for "President"
      in Syria as long as al-Assad is in power. al-Assad will be judged as a great failure by history because he is
      one of those "leaders" like Nicolae Ceausescu who was incapable of delivering a peaceful change of government.
      This is probably the only criterion that matters. And, in this respect, Kim Jong-Il was a much greater leader
      than Bashar al-Assad. Equal to Hafez. I want to see things get better in N Korea and I pray that Kim Jong-Un
      does a better job choosing a prosperous and peaceful future for N Korea than Bashar the Butcher.
      Actually, I guess I should congratulate Kim Jong-Un. He hasn't butchered any of his people yet so he's doing
      much better than Bashar the Butcher. Sadly, Kim Jong-Un's people are so subsurvient now that they could not
      even dream of rising. A good father teaches his children to be independent and to stand up for themselves
      when necessary and to use discretion and respect others. Apparently Hafez did a better job teachin the people of Syria than he did his own son. The people Hafez left behind are standing up but Bashar is bunkering up and butchering babies. And, this is probably due to meth abuse just like Hitler. Bashar won't be happy until his entire
      country is in flames and everyone he loves is dead or on trial for war crimes. If you cared about Syria, you would
      want al-Assad gone too. About the only people left protecting Assad now know that they will face tribunals when
      this is all over.

      July 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcb1010

      of course he had a high percentage of the vote, he had no opponents in the election.

      July 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. revnowwhilewecan

    If we continue to help the rebels remove this secular regime for a theocratic regime, the violence will not only continue but likely escalate as this quote clearly demontrates.
    A demonstration led by the symbolic figure of Syria's revolution, Abdul Baset Sarout, has called for the extermination of Allawite and Shiite minority. While Sarout waves his fist in approval, the man shouts through a sound amplifier "Homs has made its mind, we want to exterminate Allawites ... Shiites". The clip has been aired by a French TV...
    We in the west are being brainwashed into getting into another conflict for the "sake of humanity". This is yet another LIE. Don't believe it. Above source was from Arab Digest which just recently was banned from our ally, the pro-western, non democratic, oppresive regime that is Saudi Arabia. If we're sooo concerned with human rights in the M.E., lets start with our "friends" first.

    July 7, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. revnowwhilewecan

    Why is it that every time I mention Americans being sacrificed on the alter of lol, "humanitarian missions" my post gets removed? It's ok CNN. I'm not mad at you. You're just doing what you're paid to do. U gotta eat.

    July 7, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Get a clue. There are no theocratic Arab governments. Muslim leaders don't look for Allah's point of view on matters of concern anymore than our leaders look to the God they claim to serve.
    They pay lip service to an unknown god and then go-about their rat killing.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @Philip
    Well said.
    Even the only Muslim country which is perceived to run under "Sharia Law" is firmly aligned with Western powers-S.Arabia.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Iran sells a lot of oil and natural gas to their neghboring Chinese. Some Western oilmen sure would like to get their hands on that business.
    If I were them, I'd be more likely to pretend Iran is just another Nigeria than an Iraq. Bribing leaders out of their citizenry's oil is less bloodspilly than military invasions.
    Offer Iranian leaders more and bigger bribes and see if they'll crack before invading. ty
    Hugo Chavez had made it abundantly clear the he will be accepting no bribes for control over Venezuelas oil. So, carry-on with plans of invading and occupying that country. It's the only way you'll get it for cheap. (not counting those sacrificed to the god of War)

    July 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @@@just following orders doesn't fly in any situation when innocents are murdered regardless of the life they live or how they live it ,,,the point here is this guy grew the kahonas to bail out now its time to put him to work with us what an opportunity to stop this madness and end assads reighn on these human beings it is time now to take advantage of this defector and do something with it

    July 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Superman

    Invading Venezuela would be just plain ignorance on our part why would any body think that,,,peace is the only solution to resolving the issue of there oil its the only way so war propaganda is not the answer,,, nor is second hand "beta" (imformation) so cut the cap and find another way to establish your peace treaty

    July 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RoiltyCrew

    The reality is this is the end of times... there will be one more great war as written in the holy bible... this world as we know it is gone. Pray for forgivness while there is still time.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
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