Via the Christian Science Monitor:
Turkey’s state-run media is reporting that the Syrian government has lost a high-profile figure to the Free Syrian Army:
Mohammad Ahmad Faris, 61, crossed into Turkey after reaching the headquarters of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, meeting with rebel commanders there, and declaring his solidarity with the umbrella group of rebel fighters, the Anadolu agency reported.
“We are with you with our lives and blood,” Anadolu quoted Faris as telling members of the Free Syrian Army.
The agency said Faris crossed into Turkey on Sunday, but Mahmut Osman, an Istanbul-based member of the Syrian opposition group — the Syrian National Council — said he had arrived in Turkey on Saturday and would hold a news conference in Istanbul in the coming days. He would not disclose Faris’ current whereabouts.
Anadolu reported that it was Faris’ fourth attempt to defect, after three previous efforts had failed.