Ali Mamlouk was born in 1945 in Damascus and is one of the most mysterious
Syrian security figures. Today, President Basahr Assad appointed him as head of
the bureau of national security with the rank of minister, to replace Hisham
Bekhtyar who died from wounds inflicted in Wednesday's bombing.
The bureau of
national security is in charge of overseeing all the state’s security
apparatuses. In virtue of the new constitution, Mamlouk reports directly to President
Mamlouk has been
head of the state security since 2005, as the successor of Maj. Gen. Hisham
Bekhtyar, and for over 25 years, assumed highly critical tasks in the Syrian Aerial Intelligence.
Mamlouk was among
the first officers who founded this apparatus in the 1970s despite being young.
On May 1st
2011, Washington included in the list of sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime,
the names of the head of Syrian intelligence Ali Mamlouk, along with Maher
Assad, brother of Assad as well as Atef Najib, former head of Deraa’s Political
On July 20,
2002, the National Council for Truth and Justice and Reconciliation that included
the Syrian opposition published a list including 76 names of Syrian
intelligence officers annexed to crimes they were allegedly involved in whether
in Syria or Lebanon. At the time, the council called for bringing them to
For the full LBCI report please watch the video above