Syrian security arrests tens in Rustom Ghazaleh’s village

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Al Arabiya reported that Syrian security forces loyal to president Bashar al Assad arrested tens in Rustom Ghazaleh’s village.

This report comes after Syrian National Council member Ahmad Ramadan told MTV on Monday: ” Rustom Ghazaleh tried to contact the opposition about two months ago with aim of defecting and moving to Paris via Jordan, but he later changed his mind”

There were unconfirmed reports today that Ghazaleh’s family moved to Jordan.

About Ghazaleh

Born in 1953, Ghazaleh was appointed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2002 to succeed Gen. Ghazi Kanaan as head of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon. He frequently traveled to the Bekaa valley where he had a residence and his headquarters in Anjar, and has been accused of involvement in the Bekaa drug trade and other smuggling ventures.

In early 2005, the killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik al-Hariri led to intense pressure on Syria. Ghazaleh’s and Kanaan’s foreign assets were frozen by the United States for their role in the alleged occupation of Lebanon and other suspected irregularities. Syria eventually withdrew its 15,000 man strong army. Ghazaleh relocated to Syria. However, some Lebanese and foreign observers allege that Syria keeps interfering with Lebanese politics through parts of its intelligence apparatus left behind in the country; Syria denies the charges. Kanaan later committed suicide.

In May 2011, the EU said Gen Ghazaleh was head of Military Intelligence in Damascus Countryside (Rif Dimashq) governorate, which borders Deraa governorate, and was involved in the repression of dissent in the region. He is considered part of Assad’s inner circle.

Update: Rustom Ghazaleh denied that his family and relatives have taken refuge in Syria. earlier today Al Arabiya reported that Ghazaleh’s relatives including his wife left Syria for Jordan

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16 responses to “Syrian security arrests tens in Rustom Ghazaleh’s village”

  1. wargame1 Avatar
    wargame1

    There are two type of defection : one is defecting in order to stand up against the regime and other is defecting in order to flee with a good name and use the stolen money in Paris. Many such Assad stooge are in Paris including uncle Rifat al assad. We have seen both type of defection. But this guy is unfortunate and possibly caught in the middle of a “setup” operation by the Syrian opposition.  

    This guy can be liquidated by Dog bashar because he has a lot of money  and  Hezbushaitan need a pie too since they grew poppy in Bekaa valley. Hard working farmers. Happy days are shortening …..

  2. wargame1 Avatar
    wargame1

    There are two type of defection : one is defecting in order to stand up against the regime and other is defecting in order to flee with a good name and use the stolen money in Paris. Many such Assad stooge are in Paris including uncle Rifat al assad. We have seen both type of defection. But this guy is unfortunate and possibly caught in the middle of a “setup” operation by the Syrian opposition.  

    This guy can be liquidated by Dog bashar because he has a lot of money  and  Hezbushaitan need a pie too since they grew poppy in Bekaa valley. Hard working farmers. Happy days are shortening …..

  3. billnajd Avatar
    billnajd

    I hope he’s captured by Assad guys……. no mercy fro this criminal

    1. No Mercy indeed…I want to see him hang upside down from a lightpole in old Damascus, with his prick in his mouth….

      1. MeYosemite Avatar
        MeYosemite

        I would support that. My argument is mostly with his dad and now him for following his footsteps. The cause I follow now is against anyone or party who stay in power for more than 4 years.

      2. MeYosemite Avatar
        MeYosemite

        I would support that. My argument is mostly with his dad and now him for following his footsteps. The cause I follow now is against anyone or party who stay in power for more than 4 years.

  4. billnajd Avatar
    billnajd

    I hope he’s captured by Assad guys……. no mercy fro this criminal

    1. No Mercy indeed…I want to see him hang upside down from a lightpole in old Damascus, with his prick in his mouth….

      1. MeYosemite Avatar
        MeYosemite

        I would support that. My argument is mostly with his dad and now him for following his footsteps. The cause I follow now is against anyone or party who stay in power for more than 4 years.

  5. I have been waiting for YEARS to see this bastard brought to justice, and/or, justice brought to him, for what he did to Lebanon, to Rafik Hariri, and others. This scumbag intimidated the Lebanese politicians, and thought he owned Lebanon. Well, ya Rustom, your time is coming your lowlife scumbag dog….soon, you will get your reward….

  6. I have been waiting for YEARS to see this bastard brought to justice, and/or, justice brought to him, for what he did to Lebanon, to Rafik Hariri, and others. This scumbag intimidated the Lebanese politicians, and thought he owned Lebanon. Well, ya Rustom, your time is coming your lowlife scumbag dog….soon, you will get your reward….

  7. I have been waiting for YEARS to see this bastard brought to justice, and/or, justice brought to him, for what he did to Lebanon, to Rafik Hariri, and others. This scumbag intimidated the Lebanese politicians, and thought he owned Lebanon. Well, ya Rustom, your time is coming your lowlife scumbag dog….soon, you will get your reward….

  8. He had a BIG MOUTH when he ran things in Lebanon, but NOW he is scared like a kitten and goes to the bathroom in his pants…..what’s the matter, ya Rustom, are you nervous, ya ibna sharmoutha?

  9. He had a BIG MOUTH when he ran things in Lebanon, but NOW he is scared like a kitten and goes to the bathroom in his pants…..what’s the matter, ya Rustom, are you nervous, ya ibna sharmoutha?

  10. master09 Avatar
    master09

    Syria denies the charges. Kanaan later committed suicide. Like the others who could talk and say the truth.. Committing suicide is a fashionable thing to do…..mainly when you where part of kidnappings, drugs, killing and many other nice things….   

  11. master09 Avatar
    master09

    Syria denies the charges. Kanaan later committed suicide. Like the others who could talk and say the truth.. Committing suicide is a fashionable thing to do…..mainly when you where part of kidnappings, drugs, killing and many other nice things….   

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