I see a comment from Lysander in the previous post
Any info on the supposed defection of Manaf Tlas?
Lysander, "Strawberry fields, where nothing is real"
Quoting from the BBC
Brig Gen Manaf Tlas fled Syria via Turkey.
His father, former Defence Minister Mustafa Tlas, is reportedly living in France. Paris, France to be exact
If Manaf Tlas' permanent departure from Syria is confirmed....
In March of 2012 there were reports of a major defection, speculative of course.
The defector was Brigadier General Mustafa Manaf Tlas. The opposition confirmed he was in France but denied his defection
Brigadier General Mustafa Manaf Tlass
A source close to the Syrian community in exile told AFP: "Tlass and his son Firas arrived in Paris yesterday (Sunday). I don't think this is a defection. He will be here awhile, but it is with the regime's authorisation."
here which includes the picture of the alleged defector claims-
"He was reportedly under a form of home arrest since May 2011, following his meeting with the opposition to try"
"Reportedly". Who is reporting that?
Alleged undated file photo
According to this article from the Economist dated May 2011 -The killing goes on, as presidential emissaries put out feelers for dialogue
" Others close to the president, such as Manaf Tlass, a son of Hafez Assad’s long-serving defence minister, Mustafa Tlass, had previously held talks with the opposition—to no avail"
So he did hold talks, with the opposition of behalf of the President, that went nowhere.
When Manafs' father went to France, he went with his wife and one son Firas.
At that time his other son, the alleged defector, Manaf was still in Damascus.
"Tlass arrived in France from Syria with his wife and his businessman son Firas, the Paris-based opponents said. His other son Manaf, an officer in the Syrian regime's military, is believed still to be in Damascus.
Manaf a high ranking officer in the Syrian Army
Bashar al-Assad , now president, arriving with Manaf Tlass in Kuwait City. 1999
One of the first things that came to mind, when the father left for Paris, France with his wife and son Firas was that the elderly man was ill. He had gone for some kind of treatment. Some kind of "last ditch effort", that only a person who had money and means could afford. Which is why the opposition played it coy.
Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't a defection but eventually verified it was not.
Finally after an hour and a half of searching, I found my nugget of truth. Like a single grain of sand on the beach. A needle in the haystack. I know, dramatics!Here it is-
"Manaf Tlass joins his father, who left Syria several months ago for France ostensibly to seek medical treatment, and his brother, Firas, a businessman, who also left Syria and reportedly travels between the United Arab Emirates and France"
Having read multiple articles, I notice, Manaf is keeping a very low profile but many others are talking up a storm.
"Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France told the meeting that a “senior official” and commander of the Republican Guard had “defected and is on his way to Paris.” Ministry officials confirmed that Mr. Fabius was referring to General Tlass but did not say whether the Syrian general would join the talks."
Let's look at a couple of different possibilities, shall we?
Both scenarios presuppose the imminent death of the father of Manaf Tlass, Mustafa Tlass.
Manaf Tlass, went to Paris to visit with his dying father and the NATO media is making hay of it.
Manaf Tlass, was presented with a choice. If you wish to go to Paris, this is the price you pay.
Oh and one last item before we conclude this post.
The media is pointing out that Manaf Tlass is on his way to Paris and suggestively connecting the "Friends of Syria" meeting as the reason for the travel- BUT- there is no confirmation the Manaf Tlass will be attending the "Friends of Syria" meeting. It would make sense that if Manaf was going to be in attendance at the FoS meeting, this would be reported on, everywhere!! There is suggestion, but no confirmation.
Did I say "one more thing" already? I lied. One last item, for sure, promise. Josh Landis, has produced an email! Yes, he has! I think most of the readers here are totally aware of who Josh Landis is.
As reported by the Guardian. And we know how reliable that place is? Who can forget all the Assad emails released by the Guardian and claimed as "authentic" ?? So, it is with a role of my eyes, I read the news of another carefully timed and crafted email in Arabic and English- Good thing for the English. I would expect Arabic & perhaps French as the second most common language of Syria. Given the colonial history and all. But I am digressing, so let's get back to the Josh Landis email!
"Landis goes on to reproduce an email statement circulated in Arabic and English in the name of Manaf Tlass, which calls for mass defections. The Guardian received the same email but, although it appears authentic, we have not as yet been able to verify it."
Josh Landis and the Guardian both received the email? Should that say something to us?
Lysander, does this clarify? Or make matters worse?
Hilary at the "Friends" meeting?
What the heck is this? Quite shrill, really. Is this a threat? Antagonizing? Desperation?
NATO vs Russia and China? Interesting language she is using.
"'I don't think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all … for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime.
''The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price. Because they are holding up progress, blockading it.''
Also: "Mr Annan, the UN envoy to Syria who conspicuously stayed at his Geneva headquarters and sent two deputies to Paris"