Dozens of Syrian regime soldiers ‘defect’ in Damascus suburbs

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Around 55 Syrian army soldiers have announced their defections, activists at the Local Coordinating Committees in Syria reported on Monday.

An army officer from the Raqqa province was among the defectors, who were mostly based in Damascus suburbs.

The move comes amid Western hesitation over a strike on Syrian regime bases, in response to last month's chemical weapons attack against civilians in the crisis-torn country.

In June, AFP news agency reported that more than 70 Syrian military officers, including six generals and 22 colonels, deserted President Bashar al-Assad's army and crossed the border into Turkey. It was the biggest such defection in months

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