Published on Oct 7, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
Turkey is not only home to more than 100,000 Syrian civilian refugees, but also high ranking defectors.
Abdullah al-Omar says he was one of the staff members in the Media Office of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president.
He was privy to many of the secrets of the adminstration until his defection last September.
In an interview with Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught in Antakya, southern Turkey, Omar claimed the Assad regime knows it cannot hold onto power and has already made plans to escape to Russia.