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Notorious Aleppo intelligence
chief moved from post

A pro-opposition outlet described Major General Adib Salameh's transfer to Damascus as a “freeze of his broad influence.”

Major General Adib Salameh. (image via Enab Baladi)

BEIRUT – The powerful head of Syria’s feared Air Force Intelligence in Aleppo has been moved from his post in an eyebrow raising move, only days after Damascus started a massive bombardment campaign against the opposition-held half of the strife-stricken city.  

 

On Sunday, pro-regime outlets announced that Major General Adib Salameh, an officer notorious for his considerable influence and alleged corruption, was reassigned as the new deputy director of the Air Force Intelligence Directorate in Damascus.

 

Meanwhile, General Iyad Mindo, the head of Air Force Intelligence at Damascus International Airport, was promoted to take up the posting in Aleppo, which Salameh held since 2012.

 

Enab Baladi described Salameh’s transfer as a “freeze of his broad influence,” citing sources as saying that the general was moved to Damascus to bring him closer under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s control.

 

“Salameh… managed in a record time to extend his influence over all security branches in Aleppo and established relations with all the city’s [businessmen],” the pro-rebel outlet said in its short biography of the intelligence official.

 

It added that Salameh was involved in “huge corruption cases,” a common criticism of the officer leveled by Syrian opposition media and supporters.

 

Salameh is also known for giving political cover to members of his extended family operating a criminal gang in his hometown of Salamiyeh north of Hama.

 

His transfer comes after the Syrian regime on Thursday evening heralded the start of an offensive aimed at rooting Syrian opposition forces out of the eastern sectors of Aleppo following the collapse of a US-Russia brokered cessation of hostilities.

 

In the ensuing days, Syrian jets launched the heaviest wave of airstrikes in Aleppo since the start of the conflict in the country, killing dozens of civilians.

 

NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report. Amin Nasr translated Arabic-language material. 

Major General Adib Salameh. (image via Enab Baladi)

Salameh… managed in a record time to extend his influence over all security branches in Aleppo and established relations with all the city’s businessmen.