[25] French President Francois Hollande confirmed on 17 July 2012 that Manaf Tlass was in Paris. He may have left via Lebanon. [20], It was reported that he, along with 23 other officers,[21] defected to Turkey in early July 2012, after the Syrian intelligence services discovered he was a member of the opposition. Tlass is a cousin of Abdel Razzaq Tlass, leader of the Farouk Brigade in the Free Syrian Army in the central Homs province, who was often seen in videos with U.N. observers visiting Homs. [36], Tlass is a Sunni Muslim. Tlass is survived by his wife, Lamia (nee al-Jabiri), whom he married in 1958, and their two daughters, Nahed and Sarya, and two sons, Firas and Manaf. Par Vincent Hugeux & Hala Kodmani. [12] He also became a member of the central committee of the Baath Party in 2000. [29], Tlass visited Saudi Arabia in the last week of July 2012. He and his family were very close to the family of Bashar al Assad, he knew Bashar personally for many years before he became president. (CBS News) Brig. [9] He later became close to Bashar Assad, having attended military college with Assad,[10] Bashar Assad regarded the Tlass brothers as peers and friends. [26] On the same day, Manaf Tlass published a statement in the French Press Agency. Tlass was born in the Syrian village of al-Rastan near Homs to a Sunni muslim family. Unsurprising was the departure of the unfaithful Colonel Manaf Tlass probably to Paris among those who know him as well as the parties of the Syrian regime. Kerry gushed, “I am happy that someone like you is at the president’s side.” (2011). [12], After Hafez Assad's death in 2000, Tlass became Bashar Assad's right-hand-man. He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. And their sons are Bashar al-Assad and Manaf Tlass. Leila Mazboudi Al Manar Unsurprising was the departure of the unfaithful Colonel Manaf Tlass probably to Paris among those who know him as well as the parties of the Syrian regime. [24], It was also revealed that his wife and son were in Beirut when Manaf Tlass left Damascus. 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[13] He also became a member of the central committee of the Baath Party in 2000. [31] During the visit, Tlass did the rituals of the Umrah in Mecca. Tlass also advocated reform as early as 2005, but he stressed that Assad was the best hope for reform. [19], Fabius stated on 12 July 2012 that Manaf Tlass and the members of the Syrian opposition Now here is the story of Manaf Tlass , the commander of 105 force in Syrian Republican Guards’ defection. [10] He was the first government official meeting with the opposition in March 2011 and trying to open a dialogue and find a political solution. [7] His father is of Circassian and Turkish origin. They have a son, Ahmed Tlass. [17] He commanded the 104th brigade that is located in Douma and Harasta in the Republican Guard together with Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine. The flight of Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, the son of a former defence minister, was interpreted by world leaders meeting in Paris as a sign of increasing instability in the Syrian regime. And they generally ended up defecting, as did Manaf in July 2012. [17], Tlass is reported to have become increasingly frustrated in recent months over the violent crackdown by the security forces on protesters. But the book continues for another 160 or so pages, describing the developments of the Syrian conflict until late 2018. Tlas’s wife, Thala Khair, is reportedly already in the French capital. [11], After Hafez Assad's death in 2000, Tlass became Bashar Assad's right-hand-man. Manaf’s defection takes place ~300 pages in. The defection of Gen. Manaf Tlass, a confidant of President Bashar al-Assad, drew attention last week but he has yet to make a public appearance, raising questions about his motives. He joined the Ba'th Party at the age of 15, and met Hafez al-Assad when studying at the military academy in Homs. Firas Tlass also admitted to offering humanitarian and relief aid to the Farouq Brigades in the Free Syrian Army which is commanded by his cousin Abdul Razzak Tlas. [30] During the visit, Tlass did the rituals of the Umrah in Mecca. Defected general Manaf Tlass (pictured) told a Saudi newspaper Friday that he could be the man to lead Syria out of the crisis, despite his longstanding ties to the Assad regime. Some activists also stated that the family was under strict supervision for a while due to their suspected sympathy with the uprising. From right to left: Colonel Manaf Tlass and his wife Tala, General Mustafa Tlass and his wife Lamia, Firas Tlass and his wife Rania (Rania is a Jabri (a leading Sunni notable family of Aleppo). Manaf Tlass or Manaf Tlas (Arabic: مناف طلاس‎; born 1964) is a former Brigadier General of the Syrian Republican Guard and member of Bashar al-Assad's inner circle[2][3][4] who defected in 2012. He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. [36][37] They have a son, Ahmed Tlass. He is the son of the former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass and Lamia Al Jabiri, a member of an aristocratic Aleppo family. What is certain is that on the day news broke of Manaf having left Syria, his wife and young son who were in Beirut were driven by “M.H.” to Rafik Hariri International airport. Syrie : … [17] The case is reported to be the first such case involving a high-ranking military commander. Gen. Manaf Tlass drew world attention when he fled on Thursday, President Bashar al-Assad’s bigger military challenge is the swelling number of silent objectors in Syria. His visit was organized by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, newly appointed head of Saudi Intelligence. After Tlass' defection, his wife and son left Beirut and went to Paris. Dagher’s meetings with Manaf Tlass sowed the seeds for his book Assad or We Burn the Country, published May 28. Like his father and brother, Manaf also married into an aristocratic Damascene family. [10] He later became close to Bashar Assad, having attended military college with Assad,[11] Bashar Assad regarded the Tlass brothers as peers and friends. [22] Bashar al Heraki, a member of the Syrian National Council stated that Manaf Tlass was one of the government’s main figures and that his defection was a sign of Bashar al Assad's waning power. [2][3][4], Tlass was born in Rastan in 1964. At an elaborate dinner at al-Assad’s mansion, Kerry met Manaf Tlass, who was the dictator’s top enforcer. Briscoe, Ivan; Floor Janssen Rosan Smits (November 2012). It is also reported that he is in Dubai. Tlass was born in Rastan in 1964. ... Manaf used to host cultural salons at his house in which Bashar and his wife Asma mingled with leading actors, directors and … [18], Tlass tried to meet with Bashar Assad via a leading political figure who is not Syrian but is close to Assad a few days before leaving Syria. Syrie : la légion française d’Assad. Manaf is on the right. Also, Manaf’s older brother, Firas Tlas, declared his support for the opposition. The Tlass family was the most famous Sunni family in Syria, known for supporting the Alawite-dominated regime. He called for "a constructive transition" in Syria and said the Syrian army had fought against the Syrian people. [13] In June 2005, Tlass was reelected to the central committee of the Baath Party. [11] He was the first government official meeting with the opposition in March 2011 and trying to open a dialogue and find a political solution. But his brother, Firas, was. His wife is from the Damascus upper middle class, the daughter of a Damascus intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir. [7] Businessman Firas Tlass is his elder brother. [1] This brigade was led by Bashar Assad before he became President, and by Basil Assad until his death in 1994. Businessman Firas Tlass is his elder brother. His visit was organized by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, newly appointed head of Saudi Intelligence. Early life and education []. However, the meeting did not take place. [14][15][16] He was also regarded as a potential candidate for leadership in future years. [30], Tlass visited Saudi Arabia in the last week of July 2012. The Tlass family is from the famous and rich Sunni families originated from none other El Rastan , Homs. Some activists also stated that the family was under strict supervision for a while due to their suspected sympathy with the uprising. He joined the Ba'th Party at the age of 15, and met Hafez al-Assad when studying at the military academy in Homs. He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. [29], He said he did not blame those troops who have not defected, adding that “whatever mistakes made by some members of the Syrian Arab Army ... those honorable troops who have not partaken in the killing ... are the extension of the Free Syrian Army.”, His cousin, Abdul Razzak Tlass, had announced that his cousin Manaf provided him and several units of the Free Syrian Army with arms in order to counter the military campaign on Rastan. Neistat, A., & Solvang, O. [11], There are several accounts from activists of Tlass's role in the uprising. It was his first public appearance since he defected in early July 2012. Manaf Tlass est un ancien général de brigade de la Garde républicaine syrienne et un ancien confident de Bachar el-Assad [1], [2], [3], né en 1964. [21] Bashar al Heraki, a member of the Syrian National Council states that Manaf Tlass was one of the regime’s main figures and that his defection is a sign of Bashar al Assad's losing power. Tell me about the relationship between those two men. Dagher’s meetings with Manaf Tlass sowed the seeds for his book Assad or We Burn the Country, published May 28. In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab Spring-inspired protests. [25], It was also revealed that his wife and son were in Beirut when Manaf Tlass left Damascus. [19] His wife is from the Damascus upper middle class,[9] the daughter of a Damascus intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir.[12]. [5] He is the son of the former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass[6] and Lamia Al Jabiri, a member of an aristocratic Aleppo family. [37][38] His wife is from the Damascus upper middle class,[10] the daughter of a Damascus intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir. Some argued that he was under house arrest, and exempted from army duty since 2011. [35], Tlass is a Sunni Muslim. [33], Tlass then went to Turkey on 26 July 2012[34][35] where he met with the then Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and the undersecretary of National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan. Gen. Manaf Tlass drew world attention when he fled on Thursday, President Bashar al-Assad’s bigger military challenge is the swelling number of silent objectors in Syria. Syrian defector Manaf Tlass, right, pictured in 1999 with Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Firas Tlass also admitted to offering humanitarian and relief aid to the Farouq Brigades in the Free Syrian Army which is commanded by his cousin Abdul Razzak Tlas. Tlass had also reportedly held unsuccessful talks with the Syrian opposition during the 2011 Syrian uprising. [13][14][15] He was also regarded as a potential candidate for leadership in future years. Source: Joshua Landis As the regime's reaction to the Syrian spring became more and more ruthless, Manaf Tlass was cast out of the inner circle to brood in his Damascus home. About Palestine; Jewish terrorists supported Hitler, not Islam, but this racist bus advert is allowed in Philadelphia; Links; Modern Islamic Studies Flamboyant Syrian defector Manaf Tlass has been widely dismissed as a tainted figure too close to the Syrian regime. However, Manaf is a prime candidate for the West to promote as a replacement to the al Assad regime, and the Tlass family is a veritable vault of intelligence on the inner workings of the regime. Unsurprising was the departure of the unfaithful Colonel Manaf Tlass probably to Paris among those who know him as well as the parties of the Syrian regime. [16] He commanded the 104th brigade that is located in Douma and Harasta in the Republican Guard together with Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine. Manaf is on the right. Also, Manaf’s older brother, Firas Tlas, declared his support for the opposition. The Tlass family was the most famous Sunni family in Syria, known for supporting the government. Lire la suite. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Tlass was born in Rastan in 1964. [1] This brigade was led by Bashar Assad before he became President, and by Basil Assad until his death in 1994. Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, the son of former defense minister Mustafa Tlass, was commander of the 104th Brigade Republican Guard before breaking away from the regime with the help of French intelligence. [11] He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. Tlass is a Sunni Muslim. Firas, a business tycoon, left Syria for Egypt in 2011, too. Firas, a business tycoon, left Syria for Egypt in 2011, too. [32] He confirmed his defection in an exclusive video for Saudi-based TV channel Al Arabiya and gave his first interview to the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. It was also revealed that his wife and son were in Beirut when Manaf Tlass left Damascus. Tlas’s wife, Thala Khair, is reportedly already in the French capital. [19], It has been reported that he defected to Turkey in early July 2012 along with 23 other officers[20] after the Syrian intelligence services discovered he was a member of the opposition. His wife is from the Damascus upper middle class, the daughter of a Damascus intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir. 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The flight of Brigadier General Manaf Tlass, the son of a former defence minister, was interpreted by world leaders meeting in Paris as a sign of increasing instability in the Syrian regime. But experts claim that he appeals … Tell me about the relationship between those two men. AFP/-Sa rupture avec le régime syrien, en juillet 2012, avait fait grand bruit. [19] He was also involved in reconciliation efforts in rural Damascus, including Douma, Daraa, al-Tall, Homs and his home town Rastan. Manaf Tlass was known in Syria not to be from the inner of Bashar El Assad but from his best friends. [18] He was also involved in reconciliation efforts in rural Damascus, including Douma, Daraa, al-Tall, Homs and his home town Rastan. Assad and Manaf had not spoken for the last three months, said Abdul-Nour, quoting knowledgeable friends back in Damascus. Tlass was born in the Syrian village of al-Rastan near Homs to a Sunni muslim family. [11], Tlass tried to help Bashar Assad increase his base of support by introducing him to members of the Sunni merchant class. So far, key Alawite inner-circle members, such as the Makhlouf family, appear to … About Palestine; Jewish terrorists supported Hitler, not Islam, but this racist bus advert is allowed in Philadelphia; Links; Modern Islamic Studies [16] The case is reported to be as the first such case involving a high-ranking military commander. Ancien pilier du régime de Hafez al-Assad, l'ex-ministre syrien de la Défense, le général Moustapha Tlass, est décédé mardi à Paris à l'âge de 85 ans. Par La Rédaction | Sep 14, 2012 | Lu sur le web | 0 . During the last 10 years he was acting on instructions from … When Syrian general Manaf Tlass fled his house in Damascus last week, becoming the highest-profile defector from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, …