Assad names new security chief after bombing

July 24, 2012 16:53


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BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad appointed a new security chief and senior intelligence officials on Tuesday to replace members of his inner circle killed in a devastating bomb attack in Damascus last week, a Lebanese security source said.

The source said Ali Mamlouk, who was head of Syria's Internal Security Directorate, was appointed head of national security, replacing Hisham Bekhtyar who died from wounds inflicted in Wednesday's bombing.

Abdul-Fattah Qudsiya, head of military intelligence, was named as Mamlouk's deputy. He was replaced by Ali Younes, a close associate of Assef Shawkat, Assad's brother-in-law and another victim of Wednesday's bombing.

General Diib Zeitoun, head of the Political Security Department, replaces Mamlouk, while Rustum Ghazaleh, former Syrian intelligence chief in Lebanon and most recently head of intelligence in Damascus province, took over from Zeitoun.

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