Syrian fighter pilot defects to Jordan, gets asylum




 
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Syrian fighter pilot defects to Jordan, gets asylum
 
June 21st, 2012  
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Syrian fighter pilot defects to Jordan, gets asylum
AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian air force pilot flew his MiG-21 fighter plane over the border to Jordan and was granted political asylum on Thursday, the first defection with a military aircraft since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The pilot landed at the King Hussein military air base 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Amman and immediately asked for sanctuary, Jordanian officials told Reuters. "The cabinet has decided to grant the Syrian pilot political asylum upon his request," Jordan's Minister of State for Information Samih al-Maaytah told Reuters. ...




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