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Involved? Syrian President Bashar Assad
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Syria: Arrests follow top officer's assassination

Public astonished by Presidential Palace's handling of General Suleiman's mysterious death

The mystery surrounding the assassination of a senior Syrian officer and close aide to President Bashar Assad at a beach resort in the northern port city of Tartous last Friday continues.


Brig. Gen. Mohammed Suleiman was described by the website of exiled Syrian dissident Mr Abdul-Halim Khaddam as a “shadowy” figure who handled sensitive intelligence files and was a close Assad associate.


According to reports published Tuesday, Syrian security sealed the resort off immediately after the killing and detained a number of people.


London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat said the Syrian public is astonished by the Presidential Palace's handling of the affair. According to Syrian sources, a number of senior officials attended Suleiman's funeral, including Assad's younger brother Maher, who heads the Republican Guard.


Assad's brother-in-law, Military Intelligence chief Assef Chawkat, did not participate due to a personal dispute with the slain officer.


Associated Press contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 08.05.08, 10:14
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