File-Former head of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon, General Rustom Ghazaleh, attends a military ceremony in Rayaq in the eastern Bekaa Valley, April 26, 2005. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ
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News emerged Friday that the powerful former head of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon Rustom Ghazaleh has passed away.The source said that Ghazaleh had been fired after getting into a fight with another Syrian official in early March.Ghazaleh was reportedly severely beaten in early March upon orders from Syrian military intelligence Chief Lt. Gen. Rafik Shehadeh.Ghazaleh succeeded Ghazi Kanaan as head of military intelligence in Lebanon in 2002 during Syria's tutelage over Lebanon, which lasted until Damascus pulled its troops from the country in 2005 .In 2012, Ghazaleh was appointed the chief of Syria's infamous political security branch.
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