Around noon today, the Lebanese Security Forces detained a former (now defected) pilot of the Syrian Arab Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Khaled al-Haloush, in the northeastern Jdaideh-Al-Fakiha area which lies near the Syrian border.

During interrogation, Al-Haloush revealed that he had illegally entered Lebanon after fleeing military service in Syria for reasons he did not wish to specify.

The defected pilot was then transferred to the relevant judicial authorities.

According to Khaled’s relatives, the former SAA pilot was “on his way from Arsal to Beirut to meet his children before leaving Lebanon.”

Nevertheless, the Lebanese town of Arsal – which is home to many Syrian refugees – has been higly infiltrated by Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State, thereby explaining why the Lebanese Army has continually raided the town’s refugee camps for years.

In mid-May 2015, the Lebanese Army also arrested another Syrian Arab Army (SAA) defector, namely Colonel Walid Ahmad Aydan, in the Lebanese border town of Labweh.

In a similar event, the Lebanese Army arrested another former Syrian officer on charges of “inciting against the Lebanese Army” on Facebook in the southern Lebanese town of Damour back in October, 2014.

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Mick
Mick
2016-04-17 01:35

the are a countless myriad of situations and circumstances in war, and among combatants.. whatever the reason for defections these former syrian loyalists and defenders of Syria dont seem to be ‘politicing’ or ‘grandstanding’ their seeming personal decisions ..? and wether it is some sort of blackmail campaign against them bearing fruit, a human legacy of killing fellow man on their consiousiness , personal anquish , loss of conviction or indeed, possibly a symathetic colusion with jihadists enemies.. it cant just be assumed that the latter is the case.. ? certainly any soldier abandoning their post in syrian forces now… Read more »