Syria says dismantled ”terror” cell included former bodyguards of Saddam Hussein
Wife of one of those who were detained during the Syrian security forces operation against a "terrorist" group Monday near Damascus said the group members were changing their residence place every four days. “They have been changing their residence place every four days and moving while carrying small arms hidden in a bag or under their clothes,” wife of member of group, Mohammed Said al-Smadei said in a statement aired Tuesday by Syrian TV.
She admitted that during their meetings they were planning to “stage terrorist actions and rubbery" and also planned to travel to Iraq.
Syrian security forces arrested Monday two members of the group after a short clash on Qassioun mountain, which is overlooking Damascus. A Syrian officer was killed and four other security personnel injured, according to an official source at the Syrian information ministry.
The source noted that initial investigations indicated that some of the group members were working as bodyguards to ousted Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.
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