Syria Live Blog
Former aide: Assad planning escape to Russia
A former media aide of President Bashar Al Assad claims the Syrian leader is planning to escape to Russia in the event of his government's downfall.
Abdullah al-Omar, who worked at the presidential palace until his defection last September, says the Assad regime knows it cannot hold onto power and has already made plans to escape.
Al-Omar also tells Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught that the July 18th bombing, which killed four senior government officials, was the handiwork of two insiders in the national security office and was originally intended for the president and his brother, Maher.