Syrian prime minister defects: “Syrian prime minister Riad Hijab defected and fled to neighboring Jordan, a Jordanian official and a rebel spokesman said Monday, evidence that the cracks in President Bashar’s Assad’s regime have reached the highest echelons of government.

“Ahmad Kassim, a senior official with the Free Syrian Army, said Prime Minister Riad Hijab defected to Jordan along with three other ministers. A Jordanian government official confirmed Hijab defected with his family but did not comment on whether three other ministers had also come. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he was not allowed to make any public statements on the defection.”