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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Syrian president's British-born wife 'flees to Russia' after assassination of dictator's generals as fighting intensifies around Damascus

The British-born wife of Syria's embattled president Bashar al-Assad has fled to Russia after rebels killed three of his top security chiefs in a devastating suicide bomb attack, it was claimed today.

Rumours of Asma Assad's departure swirled around the capital Damascus within hours of the blast, which claimed the lives of the president's brother-in-law and other top officials.

The president himself was believed to be in the coastal city of Latakia, directing a response to yesterday's attack as violence between rebels and pro-government forces intensified in the capital.

There were signs today that the 16-month uprising had reached a potentially pivotal stage, with rebel assassins reaching Assad's inner circle for the first time and soldiers apparently defecting en masse. Read More