Special to WorldTribune.com
AMMAN — A Syrian rebel commander has been assassinated in Jordan.
Security sources said a leading Western-backed rebel was shot dead in the Jordanian capital of Amman. They identified the dead man as Maher Rahel, a commander in the Free Syrian Army, said to responsible for the deployment of rebels trained by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the Hashemite kingdom.
“The killer fired one shot and fled,” a source said.
The assassination of the FSA commander was said to have taken place on
late July 11 near a traffic circle in western Amman. The sources said Rahel,
27, commanded the Liwa Al Mujahideen Brigade, linked to FSA and deployed in
Authorities have confirmed the killing of Rahel. A government spokesman
refused to provide details, saying that an investigation was launched.
Syrian opposition sources said the FSA commander was responsible for
rebel operations in the southern Syrian city of Dera. The sources said the
commander had been ambushed by several gunmen and shot five times in a
residential area of Amman.
“He was one of the most prominent military commanders in the Dera area
and participated in the battle of Quneitra [in the Golan Heights],” an
opposition source told the Saudi-owned daily Al Hayat on July 12.
The source said the opposition could not rule out that the commander was
killed by cells sponsored by Syrian President Bashar Assad. The source said
the Assad regime organized cells from among the nearly 1 million Syrians who
fled to Jordan over the last three years.
“We are facing genuine challenges from the Syrian regime and the
imminent danger from sleeper cells,” the source said.