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Up to 15,000 Syrian soldiers defect, says opposition

There are reports from Syria that a group of army defectors has attacked a military base near Damascus.

If confirmed it would be most high-profile attack by what is becoming known as the Free Syrian Army, since the anti-government protests began.

The man leading the group has spoken to the BBC and claimed that 15,000 soldiers have switched sides so far.

Jeremy Bowen reports.

  • 16 Nov 2011
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