State Security Arrests National Defense Commander on of Smuggling Charges

Abou al-Laith has been accused of smuggling tobacco to Jaish al-Islam fighters writes Etihad Press.

The regime’s State Security set up an ambush for Abou al-Laith, a commander in the pro-regime National Defense militia and arrested him in the al-Deemas area near the capital Damascus.

According to the website Sowt al-Asima (Voice of the Capital), the militia commander had ignored previous messages to come to State Security. Arresting him in the al-Assad suburb or eastern Ghouta would have been too difficult, due to the influence that he and his militia hold in these areas. For this reason an ambush was set.

Abou al-Laith participated with the regime forces in battles against opposition groups in eastern Ghouta. Originally from the coastal city of Jabla, he is accused of previously having contact with Jaish al-Islam and bringing in food and tobacco from the al-Wafidein camp to Douma city when the army controlled the area.

Before that, the Military Security branch in the al-Assad district arrested Alaa Hayder, a commander in the same militias, and charged him with refusing to send his men to Idleb city.


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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