U.S. Renews Calls for Syrian Military to Defect as Violence Continues
Government forces shelled northern Syria with helicopters Saturday, opposition activists said, a day after U.S. officials reiterated calls for the troops to break ties with the regime.
At least two people died in the attacks in Aleppo and Homs, the Local Coordination Committees said
The new attacks come the same week U.S. officials applauded the defection of four senior Syrian military officers to the opposition, calling it another sign that the government of President Bashar al-Assad is weakening.
Jordan granted a Syrian pilot asylum Thursday after he landed his military jet in the neighboring country and announced his defection.