Political and civil unrest

 In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018, photo, Col. Omar Melhem, 51, who defected from the Syrian army defector and once commanded a rebel faction of some 3,000 fighters speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the central Syrian town of Talbiseh,
© AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
July 18, 2018 - 3:43 pm
TALBISEH, Syria (AP) — Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces...
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