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Assad appoints pro-Russia General as Chief of Staff

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Military sources told Zaman al-Wasl that Bashar al-Assad had appointed pro-Russia Lt. Gen. Salim Harba as the Chief of Staff of the regime Army on April 1.

Harba, who held several positions in army and government, has turned now into the main and the de-facto commander of the armed forces.

Military sources said Harba's appointment of Harba was due to a Russian decision in a blow to Iran that seeks more influence inside the army. 


Salim Harba, an officer in the Assad Army, descended from a remote village in rural Latakia. He joined the military college in Homs 1977. 

He completed his military service in the army’s elite Fourth Armored Division at the end of 1980, Led by Maher al-Assad, and received various positions as a battalion commander in the 138th Brigade, then chief of staff of one of the army’s elite.

He was appointed director of the Higher War College at the Higher Military Academy in Damascus until 2012, before he appointed a General Command Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army on April 30, 2018.

Also, he has been appointed Chief of Staff of the Army on March 04/01/2019 during the suppression of several roles of the revolution (the most important is defense of the regime's crimes on the satellite channels and a strategic military from 2012 to 2015, so many people thought he’s a retired officer).

Since the intervention of the Russians in Syria, he was appointed commander of operations of the regime forces in 2016 in the north and north-eastern Latakia countryside with Russian air support and was appointed head of the security committee in Aleppo in October 2017.
Harba oversaw many massacres and then oversaw Russian directives on the forces of Suhail al-Hassan in late 2017, east of the Hama train, Aleppo, to the eastern countryside of Idlib, then to southern Aleppo.

In addition to his position as the Chief of Staff, he was a member of the regime's Istana delegation in January 2018. 

Harba was listed on the U.S. sanctions lists on the most criminal figures in Syria. 

He represented the Assad regime at the quadripartite security meeting in Baghdad in April 2018. 

Zaman Al Wasl
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