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Assad makes ‘reshuffle’ inside Air Force

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Military source told Zaman al-Wasl that the regime’s Air Force has made a ‘surprise reshuffle’ inside the powerful army unit, following July’s promotions.

Pilot M.General Hassan Ali has become the deputy commander of Air Force, leaving his post as head of the 22th Air Division.

Pilot M.General Ibrahim al-Shaher, originally from Deir Ezzor province, was appointed as chief of staff of the Air Force. He was deputy director of the training department at the Air Force Command. 

Pilot M. General Ahmed Dayyoup, originally from Homs province, was appointed as the commander of the 20th Air Division in Dumayar town, 45 Km (30 miles). 

Brigadier General Ali Ghanem, originally from coastal Tartous province, was appointed as the commander of the 22th Air Division at Shayrat Airport in Homs.

Most of the top officers operate as military pilots who carried out deadly air strikes on the opposition areas during over the eight-year-old conflict that claimed the lives of half a million people and displaced half of the country’s population.

The promoted generals come from Bashar al-Assad's hometown in coastal region and belong to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Al-Assad, who believes that war is over along with his key allies Russia and Iran, has maintained to survive with a powerless army by depending on local militias and Iran-backed-and-funded foreign militants. 

Syrian activists said all active officers in the regime army have been involved in war crimes against the Syrian people.

More than 135,000 pro-regime forces have been killed in seven years of brutal war, according to local monitoring groups.

Eight years of war in Syria have killed 560,000 people and driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, including more than 6 million as refugees to neighbouring countries.

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