Syrian general, highest-ranking yet, defects

Posted: December 27, 2012 at 1:49 a.m.

In this image made from video broadcast on Al Arabiya TV late Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Syrian Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal makes remarks saying he is joining "the people's revolution." The general who heads Syria's military police has defected and joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, one of the highest walkouts by a serving security chief during the country's 21-month uprising, a pan Arab TV station has reported.(AP Photo/Al Arabiya via AP video)TV OUT NO SALES

Syria’s leadership suffered a new setback Wednesday with the publicly broadcast defection of its military-police chief, the highest-ranking officer to abandon President Bashar Assad since the uprising against him began nearly two years ago.

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