Syrian government restructures intelligence institutions

DAMASCUS, Syria (North Press) – The Syrian government started making changes in its intelligence institutions in Aleppo with the aim of diminishing the Iranian influence, a security source said on Wednesday.

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told North Press that the government has made changes within the Air Force Intelligence Branch in Aleppo.

He added that the government has changed the name of the Air Force Intelligence Branch in Aleppo to be “Branch 425.”

He indicated that it is likely that the name of the State Security, Political Security and Military Intelligence will also be changed to be “Public Security.” 

Since the beginning of the year, the Syrian government has appointed Kifah Moulhem as director of the Office of the National Security to succeed Ali Mamlouk who has become Advisor of the Syrian Presidency for Security Affairs.

It also appointed Suhayl al-Hassan, nicknamed Nemr (the Tiger), to be commander of The 14th Special Forces Division of the Syrian government forces. 

According to exclusive information, there is Russian pressure on Damascus to make changes within the security and military institutions of the government that mainly aim to keep the Iranians away.  

By Taysir Muhammad