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Robert Pearlman

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According to the Turkish Anatolia news agency, Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Fares, who in 1987 became the first Syrian in space aboard Soyuz TM-3, has fled to Turkey after defecting from the Syrian army.
Syria's first astronaut, General Muhammad Ahmad Faris has joined the Syrian opposition.

General Faris arrived in Aleppo after running away from the Assad regime and met with commanders of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo.

"I am ready to provide assistance to the Free Syrian Army. We are with you all the way," Faris told the commanders of the Free Syrian Army.

Faris entered Turkey on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Times further reports that in a YouTube video, Faris visited a rebel base in Aleppo, Syria, his hometown, before heading to Turkey.
In the video Fares [sic] tells the rebels, "May God give you strength," adding that "our hearts are with you" and "we have always been with you." Reportedly, he told the rebel commander that it is his fourth attempt to defect.

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