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  • Nawaf Fares, Syria's ex-ambassador to Iraq, sided with "the revolution" against President Bashar Assad. (Associated Press)

    Syrian envoy joins rebels, says Assad must be ousted

    Syria's highest-ranking diplomat to defect to the opposition has dismissed the main international plan seeking to stop the violence, saying nothing short of President Bashar Assad's departure is acceptable.

  • Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Opposition: Syria's ambassador to Iraq has defected

    The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected and will seek asylum in Turkey, the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began 16 months ago, a Syrian opposition figure said Wednesday.

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