BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – A new report from the Turkey-based Yeni Safak online publication claimed that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) assisted the Syrian government in assassinating opposition leaders over the last seven years.
Citing Mahmoud Sulayman, the commander of the Mohammad Al-Fateh Brigade, the Turkish publication reported that the Syrian government, with help from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, assassinated nearly 80 opposition leaders over the course of the Syrian conflict.
Among those opposition leaders that were mentioned in the report were Jaysh Islam commander Zahran Alloush, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham commanders Hassad Abboud (founder and former Al-Qaeda operative) and Khaled Al-Souri, and the commander of Liwaa Al-Tawhid ‘Abdel-Qader Saleh.
The report claimed that the Syrian government was able to identify the locations of these opposition leaders because of the cell phones used by the latter in Syria.
“The passwords of the UAE-made ‘Thuraya’ and the British-made ‘Inmarsat’ satellite phones, which were given to group commanders by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, were shared with Damascus, thus this information led to the killings of dozens of opposition commanders,” the opposition commander told Yeni Safak.
Zahran Alloush was assassinated on December 25th, 2015 after the Russian Air Force bombed his position in the East Ghouta region of Damascus.
Outside of Alloush, the Syrian government has not claimed carrying out the assassinations of the other opposition leaders; however, it is believed they are responsible.