« Fares Shehabi, prominent Syrian parliamentarian and head of Aleppo’s Chamber of Commerce published the names of the NATO officers on his Facebook page on the 15th December (emphasis added):
Moataz Ughhh Lacan Oglu – Turkish
David Scott Weiner – American
David Shlomo Aram – Israeli
Mohammad Sheikh Islam
Mohammed Ahmed boys – Saudi
Abdel Moneim Fahad Al Ḩryj – Saudi
Islam Salim al Zahran el Glen – Saudi
Ahmad Ibn Nawfal Aldridge-Saudi
Mohamed Hassan Subaie – Saudi
Hamid Fahad Al Dossary – Saudi
Amjad Kasem Tirawi – Jordanian
Qasim Saad Al-Shammari – Saudi
Ayman Qasim Thâalbi – Saudi
Mohammad Shafi ‘ I AL-Idrisi – Moroccan
More detail was provided by Damascus-based Syrian journalist Said Hilal Alcharifi. According to Alcharifi, Captured NATO officers were from a number of member states including the US, France, Germany and Turkey, as well as Israel. Here is his statement (translated from French):
“Thanks to information received, Syrian authorities discovered the headquarters of high ranking western/NATO officers in the basement of an area in East Aleppo and have captured them alive. Some names have already been given to Syrian journalists, myself included. The nationalities are US, French, British, German, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi, Moroccan, Qatari etc. In light of their nationalities and their rank, I assure you that the Syrian government have a very important catch, which should enable them to direct negotiations with the countries that have tried to destroy them.”
This story was quietly leaked by Voltaire.net, who announced, “The Security Council is sitting in private on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 17:00 GMT, while NATO officers were arrested this morning by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in East Aleppo.”
If today’s reports are true, then this would also mean that both the Syrian and Russian governments would have additional leverage going forward in bilateral negotiations with the US Coalition.
If, however, this story is kept under wraps by NATO member governments and summarily blacked out by the US and European media outlets, then it might indicate that a deal has been struck, albeit behind the scenes, for the return of captured NATO operatives in exchange for other concessions.
If today’s report from East Aleppo is accurate, this might also help explain the hysterical behavior by the US State Department and western UN officials who have been demanding “an immediate ceasefire” – despite the fact that 99% of East Aleppo has already been liberated by Syrian government forces.
Back in September, numerous reports suggested that a western command center located behind terrorist-held lines had been targeted and destroyed by a Russian missile strike. Prof Michel Chossudovsky wrote:
“The US and its allies had established a Field Operations Room in the Aleppo region integrated by intelligence personnel. Until it was targeted by a Russian missile attack on September 20, this “semi-secret” facility was operated by US, British, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi and Qatari intelligence personnel.”
This report was neither admitted, nor was it denied by US Coalition sources at the time. However, one mainstream Israeli source, The Times of Israel, did report the incident. »