FILE - In this Feb. 22, 1971 file photo, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mustafa Tlass (front row, 2nd from right) and Air Force General Naji Jamil (1st right) surrounded by other members of Parliament on ... more 
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 1971 file photo, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mustafa Tlass (front row, 2nd from right) and Air Force General Naji Jamil (1st right) surrounded by other members of Parliament on election day in Damascus, Syria. A top general who has abandoned President Bashar Assad's regime was a longtime friend from Syria's most powerful Sunni family, and his break with the inner circle signals crumbling support from a privileged elite. Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass was a commander in the powerful Republican Guard and the son of former defense minister Mustafa Tlass, who held the post for 32 years until he retired in 2004.(AP Photo, File) less 
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Fri, Jul 6, 2012 4:14 PM EDT