July 11th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Syrian ambassador to Iraq defects, opposition says

Syria's ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf al-Fares, has defected from the Syrian government, two opposition Syrian National Council members told CNN Wednesday.

Al-Fares is the highest-ranking diplomat to defect since the uprising against the al-Assad regime began last year.

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  1. Bob Saget

    Another rat jumping from the burning ship.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dou44

    " Opposition says... " And who is that- the CIA, MI5, or the US Office of Propaganda? These military defections are not verifiable.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • hzzvnh

      It's the office of "I'm not with the Syrian government so I'm not busy lying, covering up, and killing my own people". I guess everything is happy happy in your version of Syria!

      July 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • cee

      Let me guess dou44 everything is just fine in Syria? If this isn't true than how hard would it be for this individual to contact CNN and say "What are you idiots talking about I'm still in Syria or Iraq doing my job"?

      July 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charles H

    dou44 - I think the foil hat is blocking your eyes. Diplomats aren't military. And defections are quite easily verifiable, by definition - you can go right up to the person mentioned (no longer in Syria) and ask, "did you defect"?

    Your defects, on the other hand...

    July 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Defection are easily verifiable,that's right@Charles H.
    But @dou44 is not that off the mark in trying to identify who the 'opposition' or commonly referred to as 'rebels' are. All of those that are named in his post and then some.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Merrillee

    Charles H, I iave wanted to use your last line for a looooooooong time.....thatks for the laugh!

    July 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    In related news.
    "US is outraged at UN call for asking Iran to join talks on Syria". That is what precisely is wrong with our failed and failing foreign policy. Lack of statesmanship, being blind to reality on the ground.
    We wont talk to iran on Afghanistan though they are next door neighbors and an influence in the region. We won't talk to Iran though they are neighbors to Syria and an influence.
    Why? not hard to figure.
    Sad.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      We haven't had much luck negotiating with North Korea either. Go figure. Iran has been lying to the international community for over 10 years, and are unwilling to work with the UN. Plus, they have special forces in Syria sniping kids. Really, it's laughable that they would ever been seen as a credible negotiating partner for oatmeal, let alone a country.

      July 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Great. My comments are now awaiting moderation.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Uh-oh. You must have said something BAAAADDD....

      July 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hf

    Many Western countries and Arab gulf countries fund and arm rebels in order to illegal overthrow the Assad regime. These countries should be punished for encouraging violence and killing Syrians.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Santa Barbara

      Really??? ... and I thought it was called "the Arab Spring."

      July 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Zeuss

      "hf: Many Western countries and Arab gulf countries fund and arm rebels in order to illegal overthrow the Assad regime. These countries should be punished for encouraging violence and killing Syrians."

      Have you read up on the Libyan elections that happened yesterday?

      July 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. noodlez

    is it too late to hate @ dou44 as well? i want to be included. Glad someone can at least think outside of someone elses opinions.

    dou44 as unpopular as your opinion is, its good to see not everyone is a cow.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merrillee

      You're a cow???? Whoa!

      July 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    How much of a hell hole does your own country have to be to defect to IRAQ?

    July 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Exactly my thought. Wow, Syria must be beyond bad.

      July 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merrillee

      LMAO!!! Right?

      July 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    They defect from CNN too. I help the outies from time to time

    July 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    And when have we negotiated with Iran @ Dr.Zeuss? While we so often go running to the regime in N.korea with a bag full of carrots.
    Preconditions tantamount to Iran surrendering its sovereignty? And that is called negotiating?
    All western spy agencies including our own and that of Israel have always maintained that Iran has not even started considering building a nuclear weapon?
    Our own DOD and security apparatus of Israel ( both the current and former chief of Mossad) considers Netanyahu's stance on Iran foolish.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      When was the last time Israel listened to anyone?
      Whether or not we or the Mossad approve of Netanyahu's desire to take unilateral action on Iran is of no consequence, never has been and never will be. Israel has enough fire power to do as they please.
      And if they do, watch for the US to turn on them while invading Iran... that sounds like a good one-two PUNCH, doesn't it?

      July 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yakov

    In Soviet Russia ambassador defects you

    July 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Good question @ Mary. No one remembers.
    Although that widely admired and read historian,linguist, cognitive scientist, public intellectual , activist Noam Chmsky said in one of his articles.That there is a limit to Israel's arm twisting and time is nearing that US may turn on Israel but with the regime's tentacles buried deep in our land I would say possibility is remote.

    July 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    That is Noam Chomsky.

    July 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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