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Angry activists say Turkey handed deserted officer to Syria

By Ivan Watson, CNN September 16, 2011

Istanbul (CNN) -- Syrian activists are denouncing the Turkish government in the wake of the Syrian regime's announcement that it has a deserted army officer in custody.Lt. Col. Hussein al-Harmoush defected months ago and began broadcasting video statements denouncing the Syrian government, before eventually fleeing to neighboring Turkey.
News of his detention by Syria comes amid persistent international consternation with that country's regime for its fierce crackdown on anti-government protesters, a six-month outpouring that has resulted in more than 2,600 deaths.

"Enough is enough," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Thursday, urging "some coherent measures" against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Omar al-Muqdad, a prominent Syrian opposition activist who is now in exile in Turkey applying for refugee status, said the Turks han


Added: Sep-16-2011 Occurred On: Sep-16-2011
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