[Marxism] Free Alawite Movement kills Asma's bodyguard

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Tue Jun 7 07:54:15 MDT 2016

Bodyguard to Assad’s wife killed by anti-regime Alawites, Syrian media 
and attackers say
Published June 6th, 2016 - 11:10 GMT


Multiple Syrian and other media outlets are reporting that Alaa 
Makhlouf-the personal bodyguard to Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad-was 
killed via a car bomb on Saturday, June 4th by members of the Free 
Alawite Movement. Syria Mubasher and Baladi appear to have been the 
first outlets to break the story, citing regime sources and the Free 
Alawite Movement’s Facebook page respectively.
“We’ve killed Alaa Makhlouf, bodyguard to the wife of Bashar the beast,” 
the group declared coldly on Facebook after the attack. The attack took 
place in central Damascus. Rumors of a possible assassination against 
Makhlouf had been circulating for three months, Baladi claims.
The assassination is a blow to members of Syrian president Bashar 
al-Assad’s inner circle. While many in his family remain alive, some of 
those closest to him have been killed over the course of the harrowing 
five-year-long civil war that has left over 400,000 dead.
The fact that the attack was carried out by Assad’s fellow Alawites 
shows the division within that community. Many Alawites remain loyal to 
the president, but some have supported the uprising since it began in 
Makhlouf was from the village of Qardahah in the Latakia governorate-an 
Assad stronghold. He had served as Asma al-Assad’s bodyguard for an 
unknown number of years 

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