As the fierce battle, continues, overnight in Aleppo. Troops are trying to halt a rebel advance to seize control of the second largest city and heart of the financial and economic industry.

The US White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that three more government officials have defected to the Syrian rebel side, taking the total to four in the past few weeks. These include a husband and wife, who are Syria's representatives in the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus and, a military attache at the Syrian embassy.

Reports indicate they have fled to Qatar where Nawaf Fares Syria's former ambassador is believed to be based. He is seen here making his defection speech on TV

This latest development shows senior officials around the Assad inner circle are fleeing the government because of the heinous actions taken by Assad against his own people, and the recognition that Assad's days are numbered.

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