Syrian army executes 36 soldiers for alleged links with opposition

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Free Syrian Army soldiers gather at the border town of Azaz in the countryside of Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Wednesday, the Syrian regime’s forces executed 36 soldiers of its army who were accused of collaborating with terrorist groups in the city of Idlib, in northern Syria.

Military sources reported that over the past two days, and following the regime’s forces withdrawal from more than 16 checkpoints on the outskirts of the city of Idlib, the regime’s security forces arrested a number of its members of the Military Security Branch, the State Security branch, the Political Security branch, the Anti-Riots Unit and the National Defense forces.

Speaking to ARA News, informed sources stated that the field executions took place on Wednesday after two days of interrogations with the detainees.

“Intelligence reports by the heads of the checkpoints revealed the involvement of the arrested soldiers in collaborating with anti-Assad rebels in Idlib,” the source quoted a pro-Assad officer as saying. 

“The soldiers were executed in the at-Talae Camp,” the source added, pointing out that the executions included eight members of the Military Security, nine of the Political Security, four of the State Security, twelve of the National Defense Army militia and three members of the anti-riot unit.

The pro-regime forces implemented the executions after Islamist rebels made remarkable advancement from several directions and took control of 16 regime-held checkpoints in the vicinity of the city of Idlib.

The rebels took control of the eastern highway and few strategic locations in the eastern, northern and western surroundings of Idlib, cutting off central supply-lines, especially through the roads of the pro-regime villages of Kefraya and al-Foua near the city of Idlib.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf  

Source: ARA News

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