Syrian general allied with Assad defects

News of the defection was first reported on the pro-Assad website Syria Steps, which said he made an “escape,” calling his leave “insignificant,” according to the BBC.

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tlas’s defection was a “hard blow for the regime,” according to the BBC.

"Even those close to Assad have begun to understand that one cannot support a slaughterer like Bashar al-Assad," Fabius said.

The defection comes as Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonThis Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Armed man arrested at DC pizzeria targeted by conspiracy theory Clinton opponents vow to continue their pursuit MORE is in Paris for the “Friends of Syria” conference, the latest in a series of meetings between nations hoping to find a solution to the crisis in Syria.

Russia and China, who have blocked further United Nations action in Syria, did not attend the meeting.