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Syrian Jet Pilot Seeks Asylum

June 21 2012


A Syrian fighter pilot has landed his aircraft in Jordan with the intention to defect, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).

Col. Hassan Merhi al-Hamade made an emergency landing Thursday at the King Hussein air base in Mafraq, where he asked for political asylum, said a Jordanian government source.

Syria's SANA state news agency said that authorities lost contact with the MiG-21 while he was on a routine training flight near the southern borders.

A spokesman for the rebel...

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