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. It is also reported that he is in Dubai. Manaf Tlass and the future of Syria. [18], Tlass is reported to have become increasingly frustrated over the violent crackdown by the security forces on protesters. [13] In June 2005, Tlass was reelected to the central committee of the Baath Party. [10] He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. The Tlass family is from the famous and rich Sunni families originated from none other El Rastan , Homs. [19] His reconciliation efforts are said to have led to house arrest from May 2011 to his defection in July 2012. A member of Syria’s opposition National Council, Hassem Hashimi, described Tlass as a powerful figure in the Assad regime. Also, Manaf’s older brother, Firas Tlas, declared his support for the opposition. [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. [11], Tlass tried to help Bashar Assad increase his base of support by introducing him to members of the Sunni merchant class. Par La Rédaction | Sep 14, 2012 | Lu sur le web | 0 . About Palestine; Jewish terrorists supported Hitler, not Islam, but this racist bus advert is allowed in Philadelphia; Links; Modern Islamic Studies So far, key Alawite inner-circle members, such as the Makhlouf family, appear to … 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. He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. About Palestine; Jewish terrorists supported Hitler, not Islam, but this racist bus advert is allowed in Philadelphia; Links; Modern Islamic Studies 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. 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. [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. He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. Tlass also advocated reform as early as 2005, but he stressed that Assad was the best hope for reform. Like his father and brother, Manaf also married into an aristocratic Damascene family. [11], There are several accounts from activists of Tlass's role in the uprising. [27], Tlass called on Syrians to unite and look towards a post-revolutionary Syria, in video address broadcast from Saudi Arabia on 24 July 2012. [16] He commanded the 104th brigade that is located in Douma and Harasta in the Republican Guard together with Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine. [17] The case is reported to be the first such case involving a high-ranking military commander. Étiquette : manaf tlass. Firas, a business tycoon, left Syria for Egypt in 2011, too. He called for "a constructive transition" in Syria and said the Syrian army had fought against the Syrian people. [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, who was in Beirut a … ... Manaf used to host cultural salons at his house in which Bashar and his wife Asma mingled with leading actors, directors and filmmakers. Tlass had also reportedly held unsuccessful talks with the Syrian opposition during the 2011 Syrian uprising. 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. [19], Fabius stated on 12 July 2012 that Manaf Tlass and the members of the Syrian opposition [7] His father is of Circassian and Turkish origin. 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Gen. Manaf Tlass is the highest-profile military officer to defect from Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, but he's not the … But experts claim that he appeals … ... Ojjeh, too, was a friend of Bashar and Asma, his British-born wife. This is due to being excluded from his military missions as the leader of Group … [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. Le général syrien Manaf Tlass, qui a fait défection. Manaf Tlass and the future of Syria. [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. [30] During the visit, Tlass did the rituals of the Umrah in Mecca. [35], Tlass is a Sunni Muslim. Manaf Tlass was no businessman, having gone the route of his father, Mustafa, the former defense minister who was a close confidante of Hafiz al-Asad for decades. Syrie : l'opposition participera à Genève 2. His wife, Tala Kheir, was the daughter of a Damascene intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir. This is due to being excluded from his military missions as the leader of Group 105 in the Presidential Guard since a way long duration. Manaf’s defection takes place ~300 pages in. [20], Fabius stated on 12 July 2012 that Manaf Tlass and the members of the Syrian opposition [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. A member of Syria’s opposition National Council, Hassem Hashimi, described Tlass as a powerful figure in the Assad regime. They have two sons, Hamza and Mounzer, and a daughter, Lamia Tlass. The Tlass family was the most famous Sunni family in Syria, known for supporting the government. I have an interview I want to give you verbatim I had the chance to meet Zaid Tlass, a close relative of Manaf and Tiras Tlass, he was a General in the air force. Manaf Tlass was no businessman, having gone the route of his father, Mustafa, the former defense minister who was a close confidante of Hafiz al-Asad for decades. [1] This brigade was led by Bashar Assad before he became President, and by Basil Assad until his death in 1994. [12], After Hafez Assad's death in 2000, Tlass became Bashar Assad's right-hand-man. 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. [24], It was also revealed that his wife and son were in Beirut when Manaf Tlass left Damascus. Tlass was born in Rastan in 1964. [17], 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. [11] He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. [6], Tlass was promoted to the rank of one-star general in the Republican Guards, which is one of the core military units used to crush the uprising that began in 2011. [13] He also became a member of the central committee of the Baath Party in 2000. [9] On the other hand, the members of his family worked for the Ottoman suzerains as well as French occupiers after the First World War. 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. 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. Il était aussi membre du comité central du parti Baas depuis 2000 [4 Biographie. However, the meeting did not take place. His wife is from the Damascus upper middle class, the daughter of a Damascus intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir. Syrie : … 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. And their sons are Bashar al-Assad and Manaf Tlass. Mustafa Tlass left for France for what he described as medical treatment. [25], It was also revealed that his wife and son were in Beirut when Manaf Tlass left Damascus. They have a son, Ahmed Tlass. Tlass reportedly will be joining his wife, Tala, and his sister, Nahid Aija (who is reportedly the widow of a billionaire Saudi arms dealer), in Paris. [12] In June 2005, Tlass was reelected to the central committee of the Baath Party. Some activists also stated that the family was under strict supervision for a while due to their suspected sympathy with the uprising. [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]. [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. [27] On the same day, Manaf Tlass published a statement in the French Press Agency. When Hafez Assad died in 2000, Manaf became Bashar's right-hand-man, and a potential candidate for leadership in future years. Manaf is not the only significant member of the Tlass family who has defected. 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Some activists also stated that the family was under strict supervision for a while due to their suspected sympathy with the uprising. At an elaborate dinner at al-Assad’s mansion, Kerry met Manaf Tlass, who was the dictator’s top enforcer. Dagher’s meetings with Manaf Tlass sowed the seeds for his book Assad or We Burn the Country, published May 28. Source: Joshua Landis 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. It was his first public appearance since he defected in early July 2012. The Tlass family was the most famous Sunni family in Syria, known for supporting the Alawite-dominated regime. Affaiblis sur le terrain, les anti-Assad ont donné leur accord à une conférence de paix avec le régime. He joined the Ba'th Party at the age of 15, and met Hafez al-Assad when studying at the military academy in Homs. In July 2012, Manaf Tlass, a Syrian officer and another son of Mustafa, defected from the Assad … Briscoe, Ivan; Floor Janssen Rosan Smits (November 2012). Manaf Tlass’ defection was a half-surprise to friends privy to his thoughts and activities over the past months. And they generally ended up defecting, as did Manaf in July 2012. [31] 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. Lire la suite. His father is of Circassian and Turkish origin. [12], Tlass tried to help Bashar Assad increase his base of support by introducing him to members of the Sunni merchant class. But his brother, Firas, was. [10], There are several accounts from activists of Tlass's role in 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). [12] He also became a member of the central committee of the Baath Party in 2000. [26] On the same day, Manaf Tlass published a statement in the French Press Agency. Tlass also advocated reform as early as 2005, but he stressed that Assad was the best hope for reform. [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. [7], Tlass was a close friend of Basil Assad, Hafez Assad's eldest son and heir apparent until his death in a 1994 car accident. Tlass is a Sunni Muslim. Manaf Tlass (Arabic language: مناف طلاس‎) (born 1964; sometimes also transliterated as Manaf Tlas) is a former Brigadier General of the Syrian Republican Guard and member of Bashar al-Assad's inner circle. 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. [30], Tlass visited Saudi Arabia in the last week of July 2012. Source: Joshua Landis [28], Tlass called on Syrians to unite and look towards a post-revolutionary Syria, in video address broadcast from Saudi Arabia on 24 July 2012. 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. 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. Mustafa Tlass left for France for what he described as medical treatment. formed contacts. The hometown of the Tlass family, Rastan, became an early base for army defectors at the same period. [6], Tlass was promoted to the rank of one-star general in the Republican Guards, which is one of the core military units used to crush the uprising that began in 2011. Manaf Tlass was known in Syria not to be from the inner of Bashar El Assad but from his best friends. He is the son of the former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass and Lamia Al Jabiri, a member of an aristocratic Aleppo family. He called for "a constructive transition" in Syria and said the Syrian army had fought against the Syrian people. [7] Businessman Firas Tlass is his elder brother. Some argued that he was under house arrest, and exempted from army duty since 2011. Mustafa Tlass left for France for what he described as medical treatment. 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. ... Manaf used to host cultural salons at his house in which Bashar and his wife Asma mingled with leading actors, directors and … [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. Le général syrienTlass confirme les informations du Figaro sur son exfiltration Figaro - Blogs. One of his cousins, Abdul Razzaq Tlass, has reportedly been leading the Farouq Battalion of the rebel Free Syrian Army. Assad and Manaf had not spoken for the last three months, said Abdul-Nour, quoting knowledgeable friends back in Damascus. [31] During the visit, Tlass did the rituals of the Umrah in Mecca. He joined the Ba'th Party at the age of 15, and met Hafez al-Assad when studying at the military academy in Homs. [29], Tlass visited Saudi Arabia in the last week of July 2012. [32], Tlass then went to Turkey on 26 July 2012[33][34] where he met with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and the undersecretary of National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan. Early life and education []. [16] The case is reported to be as the first such case involving a high-ranking military commander. formed contacts. [8] On the other hand, the members of his family worked for the Ottoman suzerains as well as French occupiers after the First World War. Tlass was born in the Syrian village of al-Rastan near Homs to a Sunni muslim family. 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. [23] On 6 July 2012, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated that Manaf Tlass was on his way to Paris[24] to join his family there. [1] This brigade was led by Bashar Assad before he became President, and by Basil Assad until his death in 1994. His wife is from the Damascus upper middle class, the daughter of a Damascus intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir. The Tlass family was the most famous Sunni family in Syria, known for supporting the government. [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. [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. Neistat, A., & Solvang, O. Manaf Tlass, an ex-general formerly close to Assad, says he’ll unite ‘the honorable people inside and outside Syria’ By Paul Schemm 26 July 2012, 7:12 pm 1 Edit Facebook Also, Manaf’s older brother, Firas Tlas, declared his support for the opposition. Flamboyant Syrian defector Manaf Tlass has been widely dismissed as a tainted figure too close to the Syrian regime. 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). Syrian defector Manaf Tlass, right, pictured in 1999 with Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Manaf Tlas, a Syrian general, has deserted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and left the country gripped by continuing unrest. His visit was organized by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, newly appointed head of Saudi Intelligence. 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. The Tlass family in 1990s? This is due to being excluded from his military missions as the leader of Group 105 in the Presidential Guard since a way long duration. [8] Businessman Firas Tlass is his elder brother. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (2011). [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. While Brig. Tlass was born in the Syrian village of al-Rastan near Homs to a Sunni muslim family. It is also reported that he is in Dubai. [36][37] They have a son, Ahmed Tlass. During the last 10 years he was acting on instructions from … His visit was organized by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, newly appointed head of Saudi Intelligence. He is married to Tala Kheir Tlass. Tlass is a Sunni Muslim. It was his first public appearance since he defected in early July 2012. And their sons are Bashar al-Assad and Manaf Tlass. [2][3][4], Tlass was born in Rastan in 1964. They have a son, Ahmed Tlass. 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. Some argued that he was under house arrest, and exempted from army duty since 2011. The hometown of the Tlass family, Rastan, became an early base for army defectors at the same period. Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass is a Syrian politician and a long time minister of defense, now retired. 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. [26] French President Francois Hollande confirmed on 17 July 2012 that Manaf Tlass was in Paris. [14][15][16] He was also regarded as a potential candidate for leadership in future years. Tlas’s wife, Thala Khair, is reportedly already in the French capital. (CBS News) Brig. Firas, a business tycoon, left Syria for Egypt in 2011, too. He may have left via Lebanon. His wife is from the Damascus upper middle class, the daughter of a Damascus intellectual and granddaughter of the nationalist merchant, Adib Kheir. Manaf is on the right. Picture: AFP. Tlass had also reportedly held unsuccessful talks with the Syrian opposition during the 2011 Syrian uprising. Lt. Gen. Mustafa Tlass is a Syrian politician and a long time minister of defense, now retired. 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. [19] He was also involved in reconciliation efforts in rural Damascus, including Douma, Daraa, al-Tall, Homs and his home town Rastan. Par Vincent Hugeux & Hala Kodmani. After Tlass' defection, his wife and son left Beirut and went to Paris. However, the meeting did not take place. [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. Tlass is a Sunni Muslim. [13][14][15] He was also regarded as a potential candidate for leadership in future years. [18] His reconciliation efforts are said to have led to house arrest from May 2011 to his defection in July 2012. After Tlass' defection, his wife and son left Beirut and went to Paris. When talking about the crisis, Tlass speaks of a “political solution” and a “military solution” to the crisis, consistently advocating the former. At an elaborate dinner at al-Assad’s mansion, Kerry met Manaf Tlass, who was the dictator’s top enforcer. Syrie : la légion française d’Assad. Manaf Tlas is a friend of Bashar al-Assad, a member of his inner circle and a prominent figure in the Damascus 'young guard.' [11], After Hafez Assad's death in 2000, Tlass became Bashar Assad's right-hand-man. In a conversation with TIME he discussed how the regime burnished Bashar’s image after Hafez handed him power in 2000 and how alongside his wife Asma — … Manaf’s father, the late Mustafa Tlass had been a pillar of the Ba’ath party establishment, unwaveringly loyal to Basher’s father, Hafez Assad, and served as his defense minister for 30-years. 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. [17], Tlass is reported to have become increasingly frustrated in recent months over the violent crackdown by the security forces on protesters. [25] French President Francois Hollande confirmed on 17 July 2012 that Manaf Tlass was in Paris. Manaf Tlass . In July 2012, Manaf Tlass, a Syrian officer and another son of Mustafa, defected from the … Now here is the story of Manaf Tlass , the commander of 105 force in Syrian Republican Guards’ defection. 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