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Army defectors deny they were behind attack on Syria’s ruling party headquarters in Damascus

BEIRUT — The commander of a group of Syrian army defectors has denied earlier claims that his followers attacked the headquarters of Syria’s ruling Baath party in the capital Damascus.

Riad al-Asaad, a Turkey-based air force colonel who heads the Free Syrian Army, says in a video posted online that the attack was “fabricated” by President Bashar Assad’s regime to harm the image of the “revolution.”

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