Syria: Maher al-Assad I presume?

According to information from Reuters protesters in Deraa have been chanting slogans against Bashar al-Assads brother, Maher al-Assad. Claims are that Maher al-Assads forces took part in the killing of protesters in Deraa. This might be a rumor, but it would also explain the statement from Buthaina Shaaban:

“We should not confuse the behaviour of an individual, and the desire and determination of President Bashar al-Assad to move Syria to more prosperity,”

If Maher al-Assad, one of the most influential persons surrounding Bashar al-Assad, a hardliner who in the past has not balked at using brutal force to quell protests and who has been named as a possible suspect in the killing of Rafik Hariri, is indeed involved in what happened in Deraa, then we might be looking at a power struggle inside the Corleones of Syria.


About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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