22.08.2012 [FRANCE 24] - Abdulbaset Sieda (photo), president of the Syrian National Council, told FRANCE 24 on Wednesday that there is no place for General ManafTlass or former Prime Minister Riad Hijab in a future transition government. Both men recently fled Syria. By
23.08.2012 [FRANCE 24] - This sketch that's being aired online pokes fun at Syrian general ManafTlass's defection at the beginning of July. An actor wearing a mask announces his decision to join the opposition, whilst another actor dressed up as Bashar al-Assad is pulling the
(born 1964; sometimes also transliterated as Manaf Tlas) is a former Brigadier General of the Syrian Republican Guard and member of Bashar al-Assad's inner circle. He also became a member of the Central Committee of the Baath Party around 2000.
04.08.2012 By Bronco – Syriacomment The increased suspicions by the Western countries that neither the FSA nor the SNC are a reliable entity that could lead the country in the future after the fall of the regime, has changed the direction ...
27.07.2012 One of the problems of supporting revolutions in sharply divided societies, riven by sectarian tension and with much of the population furious after decades of abuse by their central government, is it's hard to put a strong stable ...
26.08.2012 [Global Times] - Assad's regime has been rattled by several high-profile defections as the Syrian conflict has escalated, including former prime minister Riad Hijab and prominent General ManafTlass, one of Assad's childhood friends. Syria's state news agency SANA said
26.08.2012 [Oman Daily Observer] - Assad's government has been rattled by several high-profile defections as the Syrian conflict has escalated, including former prime minister Riad Hijab and prominent General ManafTlass, one of Assad's childhood friends. The July 18 bomb attack claimed
21.08.2012 [Spiegel Online] - Later, France and Saudi Arabia wanted Brigadier General ManafTlass, a former member of Assad's inner circle who fled Syria, to be the transitional leader. But it was to no avail, because Manaf turned out to be neither competent nor charismatic
21.08.2012 [The Australian] - ManafTlass, the general and former right-hand man to Assad who fled to Paris last month, arouses huge cynicism among the opposition. "He is not a defector, he is a millionaire," one FSA co-ordinator said. Syrian defectors do not just receive a
16.08.2012 [NPR] - ManafTlass, another Sunni and commander of a Republican Guard brigade. He defected to Turkey, along with several family members. Tlass is a former confidant of Assad's who objected to the regime's decision to use military force against protesters last
31.07.2012 [Wall Street Journal (blog)] - ManafTlass, Syria's highest ranking military defector until now, at the center of their transition plans for the battle-scarred country. For Brussels in particular, this marks a significant shift. Contacts between the SNC and top European officials
04.08.2012 [AFP] - ANKARA — Defected Syrian general ManafTlass held talks with Turkish foreign ministry officials during a surprise visit to Ankara, a Turkish diplomat told AFP on Saturday. Tlass, whose defection last month was hailed in the West as a major blow for
26.08.2012 [The Daily Star] - Assad's regime has been rattled by several high-profile defections as the Syrian conflict has escalated, including former Prime Minister Riad Hijab and prominent Gen. ManafTlass, one of Assad's childhood friends. The July 18 bomb attack claimed by the
26.08.2012 [AFP] - Assad's regime has been rattled by several high-profile defections as the Syrian conflict has escalated, including former prime minister Riad Hijab and prominent General ManafTlass, one of Assad's childhood friends. The July 18 bomb attack claimed by
03.08.2012 [The Militant] - ManafTlass, until recently one of the most senior Sunni figures in the Assad regime.” Tlass defected at the beginning of July. Their challenging goal: replacing the current government with another repressive regime that is both allied closely with
21.08.2012 [AFP] - "The Charles de Gaulle Brigade led by Brigadier General ManafTlass has seized control of the Champs Elysees!" The state of the opposition, destruction caused by the ongoing battle between Assad's forces and rebels, unemployment, falling incomes, a
06.08.2012 [OregonLive.com] - ManafTlass, the highest-ranking Syrian defector. Bandar is especially well-placed to manage intelligence liaison with the United States, given his several decades here as ambassador. Bandar maintained close relations with the CIA during Ronald Reagan
20.08.2012 [AFP] - The regime has already been dealt major body blows with the defection of former prime minister Riad Hijab and high-profile general ManafTlass, while a string of generals has fled to Turkey to join the rebellion. Assad also lost his defence minister
28.07.2012 [AFP] - ... a proposed transitional government with rebel groups on the ground, adding that its leader should be someone who had been committed to the uprising from the start, in an apparent rejection of giving General ManafTlass, who defected earlier this
17.08.2012 [AFP] - Fabius was referring to the recent defections of Assad's prime minister Riad Hijab and general ManafTlass, his childhood friend and the son of a close aide of Assad's father Hafez, who ruled Syria with an iron fist. The foreign minister was the first
02.08.2012 [AFP] - This discussion took place after General ManafTlass, a senior regime figure who was close to the regime and who defected last month, was floated as a contender to head a national unity government. "The current prospectives do not include any member of
16.08.2012 [AFP] - The Damascus regime has already been hit by the defections of Assad's prime minister Riad Hijab and general ManafTlass, his childhood friend and the son of a close aide of Assad's father Hafez, who ruled Syria with an iron fist. "According to the