(MOSCOW) — A leading Syrian opposition figure visiting Moscow says that Russia and the United States could act as co-guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria. Manaf Tlass, a former close confidant of Syrian President Bashar Assad who defected...Show More Summary
Firas Tlass Offers to Finance Syrian Opposition with Worthless Company By Joshua Landis Syria Comment, Sept 27, 2012 Firas Tlass’ company is worthless. The brother of General Manaf Tlass is offering to finance a new Syrian opposition with worthless assets. His company, MAS, is bankrupt. Moreover, he has no access to it. According to knowledgeable [...]
General Manaf Tlass has hinted that French secret agents helped him flee Syria in early July.
The head of the National Struggle Front MP Walid Jumblatt said that Brig. General Manaf Tlass who defected earlier this month should have headed to Rastan to defend its people instead of leaving Syria. Jumblatt, in an interview with the BBC, said ” General Hisham Ikhtiyar ( who died in the blast last week) had [...]
The criticism of Manaf Tlass by both the opposition and regime supporters raises a few important features of this revolution. The opposition have criticized every leader that has emerged without giving them even a moment’s honey moon period. This is most true of their own leaders such as Ghalioun and Basset. Manaf Tlass is easy [...]
General Manaf Tlass, a key military defector and ex-ally of Bashar al-Assad, called Tuesday for a political transition in Syria and condemned military attacks on civilians in a statement sent to AFP. In his first statement to the media since his defection was announced on July 6, Tlass said the regime held “the majority of [...]
Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass is the highest-profile military officer to defect from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, but he’s not the first member of his wealthy and powerful family to distance himself from the dictator. Two of Tlass’ cousins, themselves former officers in the Syrian military, joined the opposition Syrian Free Army months ago. They [...]
After the bloodiest month yet of the Syrian civili war, the opposition may be divided, but so, too, is the regime. The New York Times confirmed reports that Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass — a Sunni confidant of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad — defected and notes that “at least one deputy minister and 15 generals, all [...]
The drip of defections by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime over the past few weeks is beginning to look like a steady stream. France confirmed today that Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, the leader of an elite army.....
Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, a longtime friend of Syrian President Assad, joins his cousins in his high profile defection to the opposition
MANAF TLASS, a brigadier general and childhood friend of Syria's president Bashar Assad, has defected and left the country. He was previously head of the Republican Guard, an elite unit situated on Mount Qassioun overlooking Damascus, the capital city it was charged with guarding. Show More Summary
By JIM GARAMONE American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials called the defection of Syrian Army Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass “significant,” saying this could be the first crack in the inner circle around Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Tlass sought asylum in Turkey, said Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby. “He is a former friend [...]
1. TOP SYRIAN GENERAL DEFECTS According to a Western official, Syrian Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass has defected from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Tlass had been known as a member of Assad's inner circle; the son of a former defense minister and part of the elite Republican Guards, he is one of the highest-ranking people to abandon the regime. Show More Summary
Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass and his family have been close to the Assads for decades. He is the most prominent member of the Syrian military to part ways with the regime since anti-Assad protests began in March 2011.
(PARIS) — A Western official says a member of President Bashar Assad’s inner circle has defected, dealing a major blow to the Syrian leader. The official said Friday that Syrian Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass had abandoned Assad’s regime. Tlaas was a member of the elite Republican Guards and a son of a former defense minister. [...]
Syria’s top Sunni military figure and confidant of Bashar al-Assad has defected. Bashar al-Assad and Manaf Tlass, sons of the President and Defense Minister, attending military training in the 1990s For 16 months the opposition has been complaining that elite Sunnis have not defected. That complaint can now, officially, be put to rest. Manaf Tlass, [...]
The big news today is that Mustapha and Firas Tlass fled Syria and are in Paris. Mustapha Tlass is ex-Defense Minister. His son is a major businessman and his second son, Manaf, is a current top officer in the Syrian Army, born in 1964. One Friend writes of Firas Tlass’ journey to France: Word in [...]