Still using the promotional rhetoric of brand Tlass. "Commander of".... Not!
"Elite Republican Guard".....Not!
Reality of course being completely opposite of NYT's spin
Italicizing spin below
Nearly one week after the commander of one of Syria's elite Republican Guard units defected, he has not been seen in public or tried to contact the opposition, raising questions about his motives and intentions, senior officials and opposition members said.
The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the commander, Gen. Manaf Tlass, has dampened some of the enthusiasm that first greeted news of his decision to abandon President Assad (Even though the NYT's cannot support the claim of the defection, hence the article, they still spin the claim)The United States and other governments critical of Mr. Assad pointed to the general’s departure (unsupported claim)as a promising sign that the Syrian government was cracking under the pressure of an unrelenting uprising.
It should have been an alleged departure all along. Since it was never substantiated.
At the time, the French Foreign Ministry described his defection as a “hard blow” to the Syrian government.
On Wednesday the Foreign Ministry had to concede it did not know his whereabouts.
Senior Turkish officials said they, too, were unaware of his location, or even if he was in Turkey.
There was no sign of the general on Tuesday at the imposing, gated mansion in Paris where his sister Nahed Ojjeh, the widow of a Saudi billionaire, has her offices.
Adding to the intrigue surrounding the general’s departure from Syria, Press TV, the Iranian television network, reported that Mustafa Tlass, who now lives in France, had denounced his son’s defection in an interview on Sunday with the French broadcaster France 2.
But a spokeswoman for France 2 on Wednesday disputed that account and said that Mustafa Tlass had not appeared on any of its shows on Sunday.
Interesting- Press TV reports Mustafa Tlass denounced his son's defection in an interview with French broadcaster France 2. Spokeswoman for France 2 disputes the account and claims Mustafa Tlass "had not appeared on any of its shows on Sunday"
Did he, Mustafa, have to appear on a show to have the claim televised or reported on? Did he have to make a personal appearance which seems to be inferred when the claim is made that Mustafa had not appeared on any France2 shows on Sunday. That claim, rather then clarify, seems to muddy the waters.
It could have been a reported upon statement? It could have been recorded previously? It could have been a reporter ambush of the senior Tlass?
But members of the Syrian National Council, the opposition in exile, indicated that may be a premature assessment.
“I don’t know if he will join the revolution or the opposition or the private sphere,” Bassma Kodmani, a member of the council’s executive committee, said in an interview. “I hope if he joins the opposition in a decisive way, having taken the risk of defecting from the regime, that he will stand firmly on the right side against it.”
Some analysts said the circumstances surrounding the general’s departure remained unclear and questioned whether news of his defection had been exaggerated.
Exaggeration. That would be an understatement. Much Syrian news has been exaggeration, spin, lies, fabrications etc., Not much in the way of truth.
How about the daring pilot defection to Jordan. What a story. What drama.Sharmine Narwani, a Middle East analyst and senior associate at St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, said the attempt to describe General Tlass’s escape as a defection was “pure propaganda.”
“The regime didn’t try and keep him in Syria, so what does that tell you?” Ms. Narwani asked. “He may have left Syria, but that doesn’t mean he has gone over to the other side.”General Tlass may be all too happy to eschew the fractious infighting of the Syrian opposition for the rarefied world of mansions, chess games and wine-fueled diplomacy inhabited by his aristocratic Paris-based family.
The pilot failed to surface, anywhere. No one finds that odd?
Turkey says no traces of explosives found on downed F-4
If I'm not mistaken...this bolsters Syria's claim
Turkey said it has found no traces of explosives on the wreckage of a fighter jet
"No traces of explosives or flammable products were found on the debris recovered from the sea,"
This next part is really, really interesting. As in what the hell!?
For the first time, the army also declined to use the term "shot down by Syria" instead referring to "our plane that Syria claimed to have destroyed".
"Our plane that Syria claimed to have destroyed"?
But wait, it gets better!
"Syria thinks they opened fire and shot down the plane, Turkey thinks the plane was shot down. But now we have the third option that the plane might have just crashed trying to dodge fire," the Haberturk daily quoted security analyst Nihat Ali Ozcan as saying.
Why is Turkey singing a different tune?