Assads agents killed son of Syrias grand mufti leaked files

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A ‘top secret’ file orders an agent to carry out assassinations against activists nationwide. (Al Arbiya)
A ‘top secret’ file orders an agent to carry out assassinations against activists nationwide. (Al Arbiya)
A second ‘top secret’ file orders the ‘elimination’ of activists in Duma. (Al Arabiya)
A second ‘top secret’ file orders the ‘elimination’ of activists in Duma. (Al Arabiya)

Killing of Saria Hassoun

A third ‘top’ secret’ file that orders the assassination of Saria Hassoun, the son of the country’s grand mufti. (Al Arabiya)
A third ‘top’ secret’ file that orders the assassination of Saria Hassoun, the son of the country’s grand mufti. (Al Arabiya)
A third “operational order” -- signed by head of branch 291 of the air intelligence, special missions section, Brigadier Saqr Mannon -- was sent to Lt. Col. Suhail Hassan asking him to go “immediately and secretly to the northern region,” which includes Aleppo, to murder Saria Hassoun, son of Syria’s Grand Mufti, Shiekh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun.

The order was signed on Sept. 28, 2011, and Hassoun was shot dead near Ibla University on the Idleb-Aleppo highway. Hassnoun was shot with two bullets, one to his chest and another to his stomach. He was taken to Idleb National Hospital and he died there.

The Syrian authorities immediately blamed “armed gangs” for the murder of Hassoun, whose father, the country’s grand mufti, was known for his pro-regime stances. By Killing Hassoun and blaming the opposition, the regime was apparently seeking to attract people’s sympathy and support and turn them against those who seek its ouster.

(The next episode of Syria Leaks will be aired on Monday, Oct. 8.)

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