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Assad Appoints Two Generals in Military Intelligence, One ‘War Criminal’

One of the appointed generals has been accused of organising the massacre of hundreds of Syrian and Palestinian detainees writes Zaman Al Wasl.
Assad Appoints Two Generals in Military Intelligence, One ‘War Criminal’

Syrian regime president Bashar al-Assad has appointed two generals to head the most important branches of the Military Intelligence, sources told Zaman al-Wasl.

Brigadier General Asif al-Deker was appointed as the head of the Branch of Officers Affairs (293), and Major General Mufid Khaddour was appointed as the head of Branch 291, the Administrative Branch, which represents the heart of military intelligence.

Gen. Deker was the head of the military intelligence school (Branch 259) in Maysaloon district near the capital. He was responsible for training elements of the so-called counterterrorism squads and Special Tasks group.

While Gen. Khaddour was the commander of the 26th Air Defense Brigade in the central province of Homs.

Unlike Khaddour, who was not directly related to any violations or crimes, al-Deker had been involved in at least one of the largest massacres in the history of the Syrian revolution, which was known as the ‘Ali al-Wahsh’ massacre that took place in the military intelligence school when about 2,000 Syrian and Palestinian civilians were killed and disappeared in early 2014.

Activists say the military intelligence had tricked and arrested 2000 civilians after the opening of a humanitarian corridor between the suburbs of Yalda and Hujjaira in southern Damascus. The corridor was through Ali al-Wahsh street.

One of the survivors of the Military Intelligence School incarceration, said at least 700 ‘Ali al-Wahsh’ detainees were killed in the school under the command of al-Deker.


This article was 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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