Syria Update, September 17, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Current death toll: 115.

Mohammad Faris, Syrian pilot and astronaut who defected on August 4th broadcast a message on September 12th asking the Syrian army to cease killing citizens, requesting that the Syrian air force cease its raids, that the Assad regime would leave, asking the Syrian people and FSA to continue their struggle and addressing the Russian people, saying that “I lived with you for years. I know how you sought freedom. Please stand with the Syrians.” Faris had been named Hero of the Soviet Union and awarded the Order of Lenin.

Defection of Major Salah al-Hussain yesterday.

Borders: Syrian opposition forces were able to take control over the Tal al-Abyad, al-Zaidy and Slouk areas on the Turkish border today.

Aleppo province: Fighting was extremely heavy in Aleppo today where the…

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