The Spy Who Fooled the Assad Regime

(National-UAE) Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh - A senior army officer from the Assad regime secretly gave Western-backed rebels vital intelligence that led to critical losses for government forces in southern Syria. Rebels overran the strategic military installation at Tal Al Harra on Oct. 5, where regime forces, and their allies from Iran and Hizbullah, intercepted Israeli communications and tracked rebel movements. Gen. Mahmoud Abu Araj secretly defected and gave the rebels detailed plans of defensive positions, force strength, military orders, code words and information about Iranian military reinforcements. The defeat at Tal Al Harra sent Assad's secret police on a hunt for the source of the leaks and resulted in the killing of dozens of military personnel wrongly accused of treason.

2015-03-18 00:00:00

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