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Assad intelligence 'so pragmatic' with religious community: document

(Zaman Al Wasl)- An intelligence document, obtained by Zaman al-Wasl, shows the great obsession of the Bashar al-Assad's regime in handling everything related to religion in the war-torn country.

The intelligence document, which issued in February 2007, has presented the proceedings of a regular meeting of heads of sections and detachments of Branch 271 (Military Intelligence Division in northern Idlib province, led by Brigadier General Ahmed Fares and his deputy, Brigadier General Nofal al-Hussein.

During the meeting, the political and military situation was reviewed. In addition to the security situation, with 26 items and half were devoted to research on issues related to Islamic trends of different categories and orientations, and Christianity.

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The document reveals that the Assad intelligence did not exclude any religious group (Salafis, Sufis ...), and did 
not leave a field of activity to control (Quran memorization, Jihad, teaching ...).

Paragraph 15 "security situation" explicitly states: "Attracting the largest number of sources and new delegates, and activating them for security work in all political and religious organizations."

The document is largely in line with the contents of two WikiLeaks documents, the first of 2010, and revolves around the meeting of an American delegation with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria, attended by the then Director of General Intelligence Ali Mamluk. The second in August 2007, and transferred part of an interview between the then Iraqi Prime Minister "Nuri al-Maliki" and "Bashar al-Assad."

“In principle, we do not aim to attack them or kill them immediately, but we plant our agents inside them, and then we move at the right moment” said Mamluk, who is proud of the 30 years of Syrian experience in fighting extremist groups. .

The second document confirms that Bashar told al-Maliki during a visit to Damascus that the main danger to the Iraqis and the Syrians is extremism.
Assad's intelligence services devoted most of its activity to tracking, monitoring and penetrating the religious milieu, but this did not prevent it from pursuing other activities outside this framework, as illustrated in paragraph 19 of the February 2007 document.

A "later" document will be presented by Zaman al-Wasl soon on the infiltration of the regime's intelligence to the people of the Shiite affairs in Syria.

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