Syria denies Assad's veep defected
[Reuters] Syria denied reports on Saturday that Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
's deputy had defected and his forces pressed an offensive against rebels, bombarding parts of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
in the north and hitting an thug-held town in the oil-producing east.
Vice-President Farouq al-Shara "never thought for a moment about leaving the country", said a statement from his office broadcast on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
issued in response to reports that the veteran Baath Party loyalist had tried to defect to Jordan.
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