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Assad’s feared brother lost leg in bomb attack on Syrian cabinet: sources

Αναρτήθηκε από τον/την satyrikon στο Αυγούστου 16, 2012

Originally posted on National Post | News:

BEIRUT — President Bashar al-Assad’s feared brother Maher lost a leg in a bomb attack on the Syrian leader’s security cabinet a month ago, sources said on Thursday, in a severe blow to one of the main military commanders fighting a 17-month-old insurgency.

The attack on a meeting of Assad’s security chiefs in Damascus on July 18 killed four members of the president’s inner circle, including his brother-in-law, and emboldened the rebels to take their fight to the capital for the first time.

Maher has not been seen in public since the bombing, while Assad himself has restricted appearances to recorded clips broadcast on television, leading to speculation about the effectiveness of the leadership as the rebellion grows.

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Maher, a close associate of the president, has acquired a fearsome reputation as the commander of the Syrian army’s Republican Guard and 4th Division, elite formations largely composed of troops…

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