Nawaf Fares
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Nawaf Fares defects to opposition

Syria's ambassador to Iraq says he has defected to the opposition.

Nawaf Fares is the first senior Syrian diplomat to abandon the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The move comes just a week after a Syrian general from a powerful family close to President Assad also defected.

Mr Fares confirmed his defection in a statement broadcast on Facebook and al-Jazeera TV.

  • 12 Jul 2012
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