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 Manaf Tlass or former Prime Minister Riad Hijab in a future transition government. Both men recently fled Syria. By
03.08.2012 [Businessweek] - Bassma Kodmani, the SNC's Paris-based spokeswoman, did not exclude a role for Manaf Tlass, the Syrian general who was the first defector within Assad's inner circle but whose motives have raised suspicions. Assad is fighting to stay atop Syria's
(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 Manaf Tlass, one of Assad's childhood friends. Syria's state news agency SANA said
21.08.2012 [Spiegel Online] - Later, France and Saudi Arabia wanted Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, 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 [Ynetnews] - This strategy appears to have yielded immediate results, as a number of senior Syrian officials - including former Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab and General General Manaf Tlass - have announced their support for the rebels fighting forces loyal to
20.08.2012 [The Guardian] - We do not know who The 47th is but he/she appears to be well informed and has a proven track record in predicting high-level defections on Twitter (including those of Manaf Tlass and prime minister Riad Hijab). Nationwide FSA brigades r unifying
16.08.2012 [NPR] - Manaf Tlass, 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)] - Manaf Tlass, 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
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. Manaf Tlass, one of Assad's childhood friends. The July 18 bomb attack claimed by the
03.08.2012 [The Militant] - Manaf Tlass, 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
06.08.2012 [OregonLive.com] - Manaf Tlass, 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
18.08.2012 [PakistanToday.com.pk] - It is impossible to independently verify the tolls. Assad has already been abandoned by prime minister Riad Hijab and general Manaf Tlass, his childhood friend and the son of a close aide of Assad's father and predecessor as president Hafez. Adding to