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BEIRUT — Syrian rebels announced on Tuesday the creation of a security service to “defend the Syrian revolution” in a country that has been awash with feared intelligence agencies for the past five decades.
Its objective is “to be a powerful security shield to protect the sons of the revolution from attacks, arrests and killings,” and to hunt down members of the opposition who have committed abuses, according to a video statement by the rebels.
The video, posted to YouTube by Free Syrian Army spokesman Fahad al-Masri, shows eight armed men wearing masks over their faces.
One of the men introduces himself as Col. Ossama, Agent 102, and announces the “formation of the Intelligence Services Administration of the Syrian Revolution-National Security Bureau.”
“It must be one of the powerful arms of the revolution against the intelligence network of the government clique and its regional and international allies,” Col. Ossama says.
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