National Army suspends fighters and bans officials from accepting posts after security campaign

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 24, 2019, 12:01:58 AM wire MILITARY Free Syrian Army

Aleppo - SMART

On Wednesday, the military court of the Turkish-backed National Army issued a decision to suspend former fighters and ban local officials from taking administrative posts. This decision followed the security campaign of the National Army in northern Aleppo.   

In a statement obtained by SMART, the military court banned 41 fighters and officials from joining any National Army faction, revolutionary and civil associations. The decision was based on security information and investigations after a security campaign against corruption.  

The spokesman of the National Army, Major Youssef Hamoud, told SMART that most of the suspended members are former fighters, local and civil officials. The National Army released all members, according to Hamoud.

Hamoud added that the members were accused of different charges, including robberies, violating public property, and other security charges. Hamoud said that the members will not be vindicated as long as the court's decision is still ruling. Hamoud also said that the former head of the village of Ehtimelat is one of the suspended members.    

Earlier, the National Army completed a security campaign in the cities of al-Bab, Jarabulus, and the town of al-Rai. The army said that the campaign followed another campaign that started on Nov. 18, 2018, in the city of Afrin and targeted "separatist factions."

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