Syrian Prime Minister defects; reported to be in Jordan

Rats are leaving the sinking ship that is the regime of Bashar Assad. Reuters is reporting that Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab has defected with his family and is in Jordan, ready to join the opposition. Syrian state media is reporting that he was fired. But a source in Jordan says he defected before he was let go by President Assad. "I announce today my defection from the killing and terrorist regime and I announce that I have joined the ranks of the freedom and dignity revolution," Hijab said in a statement read in his name by the spokesman, which was broadcast on Al Jazeera television. "I announce that I am from today a soldier in this blessed revolution." Syrian state television reported Hijab's dismissal as government forces appeared to prepare a ground assault to clear battered rebels from Aleppo, the country's biggest city. The opposition Syrian National Council said a further two ministers and three army generals had defected with Hijab. That assertion could not...(Read Full Post)