By Damien Cave and Dalal Mawad / The Bulletin
August 7, 2012
BEIRUT — The defection of Syria’s prime minister, Riad Farid Hijab, began like many others: with coded conversations and furtive planning. He began discussing the idea of fleeing, an aide said, as soon as President Bashar Assad strong-armed him into taking the job in June.
In recent days, he....