"I was ordered to commit genocide"

Ahmed Khalaf, a lieutenant in the Syrian army said that he was ordered to command his soldiers to shoot indiscriminately at everyone in Deraa, including women and children, London based Asharq Alawsat reported on Saturday.

“I and other officers received orders from our commanders to carry out a genocidal operation in Daraa and were told not to spare the lives of women and children.”…

Khalaf explained that hundreds of Sunni officers are sitting in jails around Syria for refusing to obey orders to fire on civilians, and claims that “4,500 soldiers have defected in the Damascus area Lieutenant Khalaf managed to escape from Syria is currently hiding in an undisclosed location.