Syrian envoy to Iraq defects - opposition sources

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:18pm GMT
 

Beirut July 11 (Reuters) - Syria's ambassador to Iraq defected in protest at the military crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad's forces against a 16-month revolt, Syrian opposition sources said on Wednesday.

Nawaf al-Fares, who was closely linked to the security establishment, would be the first senior Syrian diplomat to defect. He is from Deir al-Zor which has been the scene of a ferocious military onslaught by Assad forces.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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