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Then-Col. Bashar Assad (left) and Manaf Tlass in 1999. Tlass, now a brigadier general, has reportedly defected and is headed to France. Raed Qutena /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian General Defects, Heads To France As Assad's Opponents Meet There

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