Mystery of Missing Syrian Vice President Is Over

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- For nearly a week, there was speculation that another high-ranking member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Cabinet had flown the coop.

With a number of officials having defected to the rebel cause, mostly by fleeing to neighboring Jordan, talk grew that Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa had done the same.

Al-Sharaa did not appear with the president a week ago Sunday at a Damascus mosque to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, adding more fuel to the rumors since the Cabinet member was last spotted at a funeral on July 18.

Adding to the confusion were claims by the rebels that Al-Sharaa was seen in Jordan to join their side.

Finally, there was an Al-Sharaa sighting on Sunday but it happened in Damascus.  His appearance with a senior Iranian official has ended for now any assumptions about who his loyalties are with.

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