Adar Press - BBC
The Times published a report by its Middle East correspondent, Richard Spencer, entitled "Assad dismisses "The man responsible for torture in an attempt to seduce Arab allies."
Spencer said that Bashar al-Assad dismissed General Jamil al-Hassan, commander of Syria's air intelligence service, in an apparent attempt to whitewash the regime and "remove the man who was leading torture across the country and become an obstacle to rebuilding relations with Arab countries."
Spencer adds that al-Hassan, who headed the security apparatus since 2009, "was responsible for managing the bombing of civilians using explosive barrels, which killed thousands in Aleppo, Homs and other cities."
According to the journalist, al-Hassan, 66, was due to reach the age of retirement soon but was widely criticized for the slow-breaking forces of the Idlib opposition stronghold that killed hundreds of regime forces and militias fighting with him. Bigger as pro-Iranian, as well as his reputation as one of the pillars of Assad's regime of terror. "
The journalist pointed to reports that Hassan was "an obstacle to the process of normalizing relations with other Arab regimes that are believed to be pushing by Russia."
Translation: Adar Press.