Conflict & Justice

Syria Defection: Former Ambassador Nawaf Fares 'in Qatar'


Nawaf Fares (Photo: Al Jazeera)

Syria's envoy to Baghdad has defected to the opposition and, according to Iraqi officials, is in Qatar.

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Nawaf Fares, the first senior Syrian diplomat to abandon President Bashar al-Assad, has urged other politicians and military figures to follow suit.

Syria has responded by formally dismissing Fares from his post.