Saturday, August 18, 2012

Syria denies Assad's deputy tried to defect

BEIRUT | Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:28pm BST
(Reuters) - Syria denied reports on Saturday that President Bashar al-Assad's deputy had defected and his forces pressed an offensive against rebels, bombarding parts of Aleppo in the north and hitting an insurgent-held town in the oil-producing east.


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