World Bulletin / News Desk
A political adviser with the Free Syrian Army, or the FSA, has warned that news on the defection of Syrian president's sister Bushra al Assad might be a disinformation effort aimed to discourage rebel fighters.
"This might be an operation of Assad's intelligence agents and it is high likely that it is part of the psychological warfare. Because when such kind of news turns out be false our revolutionaries get disappointed, which negatively affects the revolution process," Bessam Dade told The Anadolu Agency on Thursday.
Dade said the Syrian intelligence had previously fabricated false news that the Syrian vice president, Farouq al Shara, had defected the Assad regime. Shara's office has refuted reports.
Bushra al-Assad has fled Syria with her children, according to Al Arabiya television. Her husband, Assef Shawkat, the former deputy chief of staff of the Syrian military, was killed in a bomb attack which targeted a meeting of Assad's top security and military officials in July.
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Moussa Abu Marzouq moved to Cairo from Damascus after the popular uprising against Bashar al-Assad.
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