Syria: Rustom Ghazali Named Chief of Political Security

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Syria has named General Ali Mamlouk as the new head of its national security office and General Rustom Ghazali as the new chief of political security, in a shakeup of the security services after a bombing killed four top regime figures last week, a security source told Agence France Presse on Tuesday.

"General Ali Mamlouk, who was head of state security, is becoming the head of the bureau of national security, with the rank of minister, overseeing the entire security apparatus," the source said.

"He will report directly to President Bashar Assad," the source added.

General Rustom Ghazali, the former director of military security in Damascus, has been named chief of political security, the source said, replacing Deeb Zaytoun, who will take over Mamlouk's former post as head of state security.

The shake-up follows a July 18 attack, claimed by rebel forces battling Assad's regime, which targeted the government's security leadership.

The attack killed Defense Minister Daoud Rajha, Assad's brother-in-law Assad Shawkat, national security chief Hisham Ikhtiyar and Hassan Turkmani, head of the crisis cell set up to tackle the uprising against the regime.

"Until now, the security services were spread among different ministers: the military intelligence and those of the army and the air force under the minister of defense, the political intelligence under the interior ministry and the state security with the presidency," the source said.

"A process of centralization was underway, but it was of course accelerated by the attack."

Assad's father and predecessor, Hafez Assad, created multiple intelligence services whose rivalry made it more difficult for any forces to engage in a coup.

In the wake of the uprising, President Assad has forced his regime to consolidate those multiple services, in a bid to protect the increasingly embattled government.

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Thumb jabal10452 24 July 2012, 18:16

Rustom Ghazali: 3a 2bélak!

Missing thatisit 24 July 2012, 18:54

choo hel balad ila bass feeha "intelligence"

when this regime will be obliterated from the face of earth and free the syrian and the lebanese people from their grip..

Thumb charbel 24 July 2012, 19:10

Very soon...
All the intelligence services of the world cannot make a dictator intelligent at all.

Default-user-icon Greenie (Guest) 24 July 2012, 19:19

Here you go FT !!! you have got your new boss.
Venga capullo

Thumb lebanon_first 24 July 2012, 19:29

Impressive resumé this guy has

Missing allouchi 24 July 2012, 19:46

He will get the same fate as Shawkat and the rest of the killers...

Default-user-icon Fedmd (Guest) 24 July 2012, 20:19

another criminal.. the end is near

Thumb eagledawn 24 July 2012, 20:43

Look at his face...... just look! A thug, a criminal, a hooligan, a killer......

Missing allouchi 24 July 2012, 21:00

Ghazali, Assad etc..Zoo of killers..

Missing youssefhaddad 24 July 2012, 21:32

Recycling these criminals proves that the regime is running out of options...

Missing thatisit 24 July 2012, 21:43

ykhrib beyto choo hel elshanabat -- sood soood mitil dolab el seyarah

Default-user-icon Ussama Baladin (Guest) 24 July 2012, 23:11

May Ni3amachdouq now must be plucking her pubic hair one hair at a time.

Missing lebaneserevenge@yahoo.com 24 July 2012, 23:55

Rustom Ghazali is in big trouble and he knows it too...he's been a nervous wreck ever since Bath Assad pulled him from Syria. He knows too much about how Hariri was killed, and soon I would not be surprised to see him done with either. Assad won't let him live, and I am so happy to see Bath Assad and Ghazali sweating bullets everyday, as they tortured Lebanon for years, and NOW, what goes around, has finally COME around. Justice will be served to these two bastards and their colleagues, very soon....

Default-user-icon john doe (Guest) 25 July 2012, 00:19

Rustom Ghazali is in charge.....it means its over for the Free Syrian Army.....

Thumb whyaskwhy 25 July 2012, 12:57

He was and now continues to be the Leader of many Lebanese not to mention the Syrian elite. Not one person in Hizballah or thier pets would be able to say a thing agains this murderer instead they will bow to him and worship at his feat. Sheep is the word that comes to mind.

Default-user-icon charbel khoury (Guest) 03 January 2017, 11:28

u could say goodby to the syrian empired..russia have a vital interest. like usa.assad no longer in power only the russian using his name.shaheazad jaafari his girl friend not happy she need more love