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Prime minister's defection boosts Syrian rebels

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The defection Monday of Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab and his announcement that he was joining the rebel forces was a major coup for the anti-government movement fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials and analysts said. Hijab, who fled to Jordan with his family and several other Syrian officials, said that he was leaving Assad's "killing and terrorist regime" for "the...

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