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Syria’s ambassador to Iraq defects in major blow to regime | The Guardian

Nawaf al-Fares joins opposition, who say others are poised to follow suit

by Martin Chulov in Beirut

Syria’s ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf al-Fares said he had defected and joined the revolution against Bashar al-Assad, becoming the first senior diplomat to quit the embattled government.

According to the Reuters news agency, Fares called on Syrian soldiers to follow his lead and turn their guns on the Damascus leadership.

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