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  • Maj. Gen. Mohammed Fares, an ex-Syrian astronaut who defected in August and joined the main umbrella group for regime opponents, attends a meeting of the general assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahmed Khalil, Syrian National Council)

    Defector: Most Syrian bomber pilots grounded

    A former Syrian air force general who was also the country's first astronaut said Tuesday that only about one-third of Syria's fighter pilots are carrying out the daily bombing raids of rebel strongholds because President Bashar Assad's regime cannot count on the loyalty of the rest.

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