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RANK. The order or place in which certain officers are placed in the army and navy, in relation to others, is called their rank.
     2. It is a maxim, that officers of, an inferior rank are bound to obey all the lawful commands of their superiors, and are justified for such obedience.

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According to Al Arabiya TV, Colonel Yarub Sharaa, Head of the Information Bureau of Damascus' political intelligence unit, announced Sunday that he had broken ranks with President Basharal-Assad's regime.
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They could have broken ranks and retaliated against these abusers.
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