Bashar al-Assad’s spy chief arrested over Syria coup plot

The Assad regime has placed its intelligence chief under house arrest after suspecting he was plotting a coup, in a sign that battlefield losses are setting off increasing paranoia in Damascus.

Ali Mamlouk, the head of the country’s National Security Bureau, and one of the few officials still to have access to President Bashar al-Assad, was accused of holding secret talks with countries backing rebel groups and exiled members of the Syrian regime.

Mr Assad is struggling to keep together the regime’s “inner circle” of the regime, who are increasingly turning on each other, sources inside the presidential palace have told The Telegraph.

h/t PC

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