BREAKING: "Private Security Companies" in Syria, Supporting Rebels: Foreign Mercenaries Detained by Christoph R. Hörstel
Syria: As fighting continues foreign detainees may reach center stage (Op-Ed)
insurgents try to recapture at least some of the areas lost in the last
week and make it to the outskirts of towns in western Syria, more
details on foreign detainees come to light, which may start political
discussions back home.
Consultant and peace activist Christoph R. Hörstel told RT that his information
“is directly obtained from Syrian security personnel of various origins
personally taking part in battles and other operations, and/or close
relatives of such personnel – some are even well-known people".
“The information reaches me
through a partner in Turkey. I counter-check all information obtained
this way as best as possible under the circumstances,” Hörstel said.
Insurgents and terrorists are
trying to infiltrate back to the lost strongholds in Hafeh and Idlib.
They try to return from the rural areas, but face strong army resistance
in these areas, plus in Homs and Hama. As the rebels lost most of their
weapon stockpiles, they intend now to carry out terror attacks in
civilian areas, using improvised bombs.
On the other hand, especially in
Hafeh, it is understood that the insurgents are not capable of invading
towns and town centers, even not in smaller villages. The only safe
haven for the fighters seems to be right now Idlib's rural surroundings
and forested stretches, reaching into the terror camps in neighboring
Military deployment and logistic
support operations are going on around town centers, rural villages
close to cities are being shelled by the army, as soon as the presence
of insurgents is verified.
After the capture of an
ex-Guantanamo detainee in Homs as an alleged terror network mastermind,
Syrian security is now researching this subject in-depth. In future,
Syria may take some of these foreign elements to be dealt with in court
under live TV coverage.
Sources say at least 200-300
private security company employees are captured beside hundreds of
foreign military and service personnel during the last 14 months of
foreign terror provocation. Among them are Portuguese nationals, who are
paratroopers – and about whom Syria is asking itself how they entered
the country. During interrogation they claimed to have retired from army
duty, which somehow contradicts in some cases how old they look.
Sources add, that some of those foreign officials somehow settled in the
region at least months before they started their terror campaign.
Also 40-60 Germans are in Syrian
custody, said the officials. According to these sources, the Germans
were caught red-handed on the Syrian coastline as they were smuggling
weapons supplies for the insurgents into Syria.
Syrian security personnel have
changed their detention strategies as well, concentrating foreign
nationals in a high-security environment in Damascus.
Syrian sources are irritated
about the so-called international mainstream media. These officials go
so far as to raise vigilance prior to important international gatherings
discussing the Syrian issue, anticipating further false flag operations
to discredit the Syrian government.