High-ranking Syrian general defects from army

Demonstrators wave Syrian flags as they chant slogans during a march to mark the second anniversary of the revolt against the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad, in Paris, Saturday, March 16, 2013. The French President Francois Hollande said Thursday his country and Britain are pushing the European Union to quickly lift its arms embargo on Syria so that they can send weapons to rebel fighters. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)BEIRUT (AP) — One of the highest-ranking military officers yet to abandon Syrian President Bashar Assad defected to neighboring Jordan and said in an interview aired Saturday that morale among those still inside the regime had collapsed.

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