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During the rule of the
Al-Assad family and the Syrian civil war, a number of prominent Syrian figures have defected to either the rebellion or to other countries:
During Hafez al-Assad rule [ edit ]
During Bashar al-Assad rule [ edit ]
Syrian civil war [ edit ]
Mohammad Bassam Imadi, Former Ambassador to Sweden - 2011
Abdul Razzaq Tlass, Former Syrian military officer, and currently one of the Free Syrian Army commanders - June 2011
Riad al-Asaad, former Colonel in the Syrian Air Force, and current commander of the [2 ] Free Syrian Army, July 2011 [3 ]
Mustafa Al-Sheikh, former General in the Syrian Army, and current head of the Free Syrian Army - 6 January 2012 [4 ] [5 ]
Imad Ghalioun, parliamentarian for Homs - January 2012 (to Egypt) [6 ]
Firas Tlass, son of Mustafa Tlass, the former defence minister under Hafez al Assad - 12 March 2012 (to Paris) [7 ]
Abdo Hussameddin, Deputy Oil Minister - 7 March 2012
Hassan Hamada, Syrian Air Force Colonel - 2012 (to Jordan)
Manaf Tlass, Brigadier General of the Syrian Republican Guard - 2012 (to Turkey, later Paris)
Nawaf al-Fares, Ambassador to Iraq - 2012 (In Iraq, later moved to Qatar) [8 ]
Adnan Silu, Major General and former head of Syria's chemical weapons program - July 2012 defected to the opposition. [9 ]
Abdelatif al-Dabbagh, Ambassador to the UAE, July 2012 (to Qatar) [10 ]
Lamia al-Hariri, niece of Syrian vice president Farouk al-Sharaa, Envoy to Cyprus, - July 2012 (to Qatar) [11 ]
Mohammad Tahseen Faqir, military attaché at the Syrian embassy in Oman - July 2012 [12 ]
Ikhlas al-Badawi, Aleppo MP, a Baathists and an Assad loyalist, defects to Turkey with her six children - July 2012, (to Turkey) [13 ] [14 ]
Farouk Taha, Ambassador to Belarus. Fled Belarus in the spring, but did not publicize his defection before late July. [15 ]
Khaled al-Ayoubi, Chargé d'affaires at the embassy to the United Kingdom and most senior diplomat in the country after higher officials were expelled. - July 2012. [16 ]
Mohammad Hussam Hafez, Consul at the Syrian embassy in Yerevan, Armenia - July 2012. [17 ] General
Muhammed Faris, a military aviator who became the first Syrian in space, defects to Turkey. [18 ]
Riyad Farid Hijab - Syrian Prime minister, August 2012. [19 ]
Mohammad al Jililati - Finance Minister, reported to have been arrested while trying to defect. Denied by the Syrian state TV, which said Mr Jililati was still in his office working as usual, and it broadcast what it said was a phone interview with him denying reports that he had been detained. [20 ]
Danny al-Baaj - Syria’s representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council, defects to Geneva, 11 July 2012 [21 ] [22 ] Brigadier General
Ibrahim al-Jabawi - deputy police commander for the central Syrian province of Homs, 12 July 2012 (to Jordan) [23 ]
Salim Idris - was a general in the Syrian Army when he defected in July 2012  . Now servves as the current Chief of Staff of the Free Syrian Army.
Yaroub al-Shara - cousin of Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara. [24 ]
Naser al-Hariri - Former member of the People's Council of Syria from Daraa, 23 August 2012 (to Jordan) [25 ]
Mohamed Moussa al-Khairat - Commander of the seventh division within the Syrian Army, 25 August 2012 (to Jordan)  
Muhammad Khayr al-Hariri - Former Syrian MP and tribal chief of the southern Daraa region, 27 August (to Jordan) 
Abdullah Al-Omar - Director of several Pro-regime Syrian Channels, September 2012  .
Mohammad Fares - a Syrian Pilot .
Awad Ahmed al-Ali - head of the security branch in Damascus, September 2012 (to Turkey)  
Emad al-Ahmar - Syrian Consul in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 8 September 2012 (to Egypt)  .
Mahmoud Obeid - Syrian diplomatic attaché in Malaysia, 8 September 2012 (to Egypt)  .
Bashar al-Haj - Syrian diplomatic attaché in Serbia, September 2012 (?)  .
Youssef Assad - Syrian Air Force officer and a family relative of President Bashar Assad .
Khaled Abdul Rahman al Zamel - a Syrian Colonel who initially defected to join the opposition forces, and in late September 2012 called on to abandon the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad (accompanied by around 10 other former rebels) .
Jihad Makdissi - Syrian Forgein Ministry's spokesman, 2 December 2012 (to UK)  .
Adnan Salo - former head of the chemical weapons unit in the Syrian army , 9 December 2012 Major General
Abdulaziz al-Shalal - commander of Syria's military police, 25 December 2012  .
Kamal Jamal Beyk - Former director of programming at the official SANA radio and the SANA online news website in Damascus, 28 December 2012 (to Paris) .
Lama Al-Khadra - Former state-run radio station Radio Damascus Journalist, 28 December 2012 (to Paris) 
Baddour Abdel Karim - Former state-run radio station Radio Damascus Journalist, 28 December 2012 (to Paris)  Brig. Gen
Mohammed Nour Ezzedeen Khallouf - chief of supplies and logistics of Syrian Armed Forces, March 2013 .
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