BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad made a bold move this past weekend as he replaced long-time intelligence chief Jamil Al-Hassan.
According to a source in Damascus, Al-Hassan has been replaced by General Ghassan Ismael of Tartous.
In addition to sacking Al-Hassan, the Syrian President has also ordered the military intelligence forces to replace the Air Force Intelligence forces in rural Damascus. They will be tasked with removing the AFI checkpoints and relieving their forces in the West Ghouta and East Ghouta.
The source in Damascus added that this move likely comes at the request of Saudi Arabia, who is working to build an alliance in Syria with Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).