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

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I thought that Bashar’s ears would have been auctioned off long ago on EBAY, but now I’m truly amazed with his resilience…and the inability of both sides being able to perform a knockout blow.

    • Thank Iran and the Russians, not to mention the infighting between “rebel” Muslim murder cliques.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      All to the good. The more of them that get killed, the fewer of us will get killed.

  • David Murrell

    This is a sign that things are looking bad in Assad’s government.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Don’t worry, Obama can send someone to fill in. He will.

  • Minicapt

    “… sources inside the presidential palace …”
    Somehow this type of evidence no longer generates its former degree of trustworthiness.


  • simus1

    Running “conspiracies” to supposedly overthrow their own governments is one of the most common skills of a good intelligence chief in the third world. The post revolution Russian communists were pitifully weak and saved their own bacon many times using this exact ploy which also resulted in substantial profits from overseas “contributions to the cause.” But it gets quite dangerous if the top rulers lose confidence and begin to suspect the play is getting “too real” for comfort.