Turkish authorities arrested a Syrian rebel commander in Istanbul Ataturk Airport moments before leaving the country, sources confirmed.
Captain Mohammed Saeed al-Masri, a senior commander of Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement was detained by Turkish authorities 5 days ago and taken to an unknown location.
The detention was most likely sparked by recent dissensions between al-Masri and the notorious Muslim Brotherhood of Syria after ceasing to fund and eventually disband the insurgent group. Turkey’s Erdogan is widely known as the Godfather of the banned Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
The 35 year-old former police officer rejected the threats to dissolve the militant group and went into strong differences with the backers.
Formed in late 2011, Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement is one of the most important rebel factions in Aleppo and has been receiving enormous support from Turkey and the USA including the U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles.