Turkey handed over defector to the Syrian army

Published September 12th, 2011 - 07:13 GMT
Hussein al-Harmoush
Hussein al-Harmoush

Hussein al-Harmoush, the spokesman of the Free Syria Army, is in custody. There are conflicting reports about the circumstances of his arrest. According to Syria's al Watan newspaper, he has been arrested at his Eblin village in Syria along with a number of wanted Syrians.

The daily conveyed Harmoush, who appeared on YouTube and announced the formation of the "free officers brigade" allegedly to liberate Syria, is responsible for booby-trapped Jisr al-Shughour area in northern Syria in addition to many other operations that targeted the Syrian army and security agents.

However, Harmoush's brother Ibrahim provided claimed Turkish authorities handed over him to the Syrian army. According to him, his brother disappeared after a meeting with Turkish officers in a Syrian refugee camp located on the Turkish border. Ibrahim dismissed reports that Harmoush was found in Syrian territory.

Despite public criticism by Ankara, sources claim that on the ground Turkey is making efforts to help the Syrian regime in its efforts to restore order and end the six-month revolt. 


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