Anti-regime Druze spiritual leader killed in Syria

A Syrian Druze leader opposed to President Bashar al-Assad was killed Saturday in the city of Soueida, the Syrian Waqf Ministry and Druze Unitarians’ Sect has announced.

Druze Sheikh al-Aql Ahmed Salman Al-Hajari’s death was blamed on “a car accident,” according to the statement released by the Syrian government’s Syrian News Agency (SANA), stating he “died in a tragic car accident as when the car he was travelling in collided with another car on the old highway of Mardek, Shahba.”

The news, announced in a terse statement devoid of details, was also immediately reported by the Lebanese Ministry of Information.

Lebanon’s Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, recently made headlines by announcing his support for Syria’s anti-government force. He also called on Russia to find a way to remove Assad and his family from the picture, and allow the Syrian people to settle their destiny in dignity and peace.

Jumblatt also marked the 35th anniversary of the assassination of his father Kamal Jumblatt Friday. The younger Jumblatt took over his father’s leadership during the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war after his father was shot to death on March 16, 1977.

At that time and for years after, he supported Syrian intervention in the civil war — even while blaming Damascus for the deaths of his father and former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in a massive 2005 car bombing in Beirut that killed 20 others as well. Syria denied the charges, and Jumblatt later reconciled with Damascus five years later, but said, “I forgive, but I do not forget.”

As he spread a Syrian revolution flag over the grave, he declared, “After 35 years, this is the day to tell the truth, to myself and to others… Long live free Syria!…The Syrian people will stay, but dictators will go.”

  • 5thDrawer

    How convenient ….

  • 5thDrawer

    How convenient ….

  • 5thDrawer

    How convenient ….

  • yazidi

    yes and the car accident was so bad they even find a bullet in his brain

  • yazidi

    yes and the car accident was so bad they even find a bullet in his brain

  • it sure was a car accident and so ironic that the Syrian government has to issue a statement. I would think the the government has more important issues to deal with and report on other than one car accident… (If you believe it was a normal car accident)… the question to this whole sad situation is: How many more car accidents, how many more bombs, how many more mass murders against the Syrian people regardless of being Druze, Muslims, Christians or any other faith is it going to take before the one long over due great accident that will send Bashaar Assad to his awaiting and deserving day in hell? 

  • it sure was a car accident and so ironic that the Syrian government has to issue a statement. I would think the the government has more important issues to deal with and report on other than one car accident… (If you believe it was a normal car accident)… the question to this whole sad situation is: How many more car accidents, how many more bombs, how many more mass murders against the Syrian people regardless of being Druze, Muslims, Christians or any other faith is it going to take before the one long over due great accident that will send Bashaar Assad to his awaiting and deserving day in hell? 

  • kbaki

    This is just a reminder, DO NOT MESS WITH THE DRUZE.
    We don’t mess with anyone, unless if we have to and history will show.
    We love life, but we first love GOD, family, and dignity.
    We give our sole, family, and all we own to the GOD.
    Yes, we may have our own segregated opinions on methods and policies, but we will never be apart and un-united.
    I just want to remind everyone, we will give our life for any Druze’s life.

    • 5thDrawer

      Errrr …. ” … give our life for any Druze’s life” …. hmmmm … somebody told me you guys were stupid. 😉 

    • Hannibal

      Show us your muscles in Syria… The regime killed your leader and you did nothing as of yet but talk. During the French mandate you were first to rise for freedom… What are you waiting for now?

    • Leborigine

      Are you for real!! How old are you?
      With all due respect, I come from a village that is half druze and half christian.
      Where does your country fit into that equation of family god dignity?
      So what is your point ‘do not mess with the druze’ and ‘history will show’!! Is that a threat! Does your history uphold the 1982 Lebanese civil war?
      So is it ok to mess with the shia, or the sunni, or the maronites or the Armenians?
      How can we have democracy with such mentality!!?

      • Hannibal

        Keyboard warriors at best… Ignore.

      • MeYosemite

        I don’t think that’s what he meant. I am just curious a month late response on his side for the article. Notably many Druze deaths in short period of time.

    • libnan1

       Go suck on a stiff one. I got one for you.

  • kbaki

    This is just a reminder, DO NOT MESS WITH THE DRUZE.
    We don’t mess with anyone, unless if we have to and history will show.
    We love life, but we first love GOD, family, and dignity.
    We give our sole, family, and all we own to the GOD.
    Yes, we may have our own segregated opinions on methods and policies, but we will never be apart and un-united.
    I just want to remind everyone, we will give our life for any Druze’s life.

    • 5thDrawer

      Errrr …. ” … give our life for any Druze’s life” …. hmmmm … somebody told me you guys were stupid. 😉 

    • Show us your muscles in Syria… The regime killed your leader and you did nothing as of yet but talk. During the French mandate you were first to rise for freedom… What are you waiting for now?

    • Leborigine

      Are you for real!! How old are you?
      With all due respect, I come from a village that is half druze and half christian.
      Where does your country fit into that equation of family god dignity?
      So what is your point ‘do not mess with the druze’ and ‘history will show’!! Is that a threat! Does your history uphold the 1982 Lebanese civil war?
      So is it ok to mess with the shia, or the sunni, or the maronites or the Armenians?
      How can we have democracy with such mentality!!?

      • Keyboard warriors at best… Ignore.

      • MeYosemite

        I don’t think that’s what he meant. I am just curious a month late resp

    • libnan1

       Go suck on a stiff one. I got one for you.