Syria security chief in secret
Jordan visit: report

Syrian National Security Bureau chief Ali Mamlouk met with security officials in Amman, according to Al-Quds al-Arabi.

Ali Mamlouk. (image via basmtwtn.com)

BEIRUT – Syrian National Security Bureau chief Ali Mamlouk has visited Jordan to meet with top officials, according to a report in a London-based daily.


Al-Quds al-Arabi reported Wednesday that Mamlouk had met with high-ranking officials in Amman during his “important and secret” trip to discuss potential security issues.


The newspaper did not go into detail on what specific matters the Bashar al-Assad regime’s pointman broached, however it said they were related “by necessity” to southern Syria, where foreign-backed rebels have faced setbacks against regime forces.


Jordan reportedly hosts the US-run Military Operation Center (MOC) which is said to support and supervise the FSA-affiliated Southern Front rebel coalition. In late June, the latter launched a fail bid to seize the city of Daraa.


Reports have emerged that the Southern Front ended their offensive on the provincial capital after the MOC withdrew its military backing for the rebel group.


Mamlouk’s visit to Jordan came within the context of “warming ties” between Amman and Moscow, according to “trusted Jordanian sources” cited by Al-Quds al-Arabi.


Jordanian King Abdullah II met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian capital on Tuesday during a visit in which he said that the “only way of finding a political solution in Syria is with the strong role that both [Putin] and Russia play.”


Mamlouk’s reported visit to Amman is the latest foreign trip by the Syrian security strongman, who earlier in the year traveled to Riyadh as well as Cairo, where he met with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammad and Egyptian President Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi respectively.

Syrian National Security Bureau chief Ali Mamlouk. (image via basmtwtn.com)

Mamlouk’s reported visit to Amman is the latest foreign trip by the Syrian security strongman.