Damascus MP Khaled Daher was quoted as saying that Maher Assad had "absconded Syria."
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"Whether he is injured and is being treated away from the limelight, or Bashar Assad is keeping him away from the military operations – we don’t know," he told the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anbaa.
Lieutenant Colonel Maher Assad heads the Syrian Army's Fourth Division, which oversees security for Damascus and includes the elite Republican Guard.
He is considered to be a ruthless military commander and one of the most feared people in the Syrian government.
Maher Assad's division is leading the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters across Syria.
The United Nations believed over 5,000 people have been killed by the Damascus regime since mid-March.
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