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Syria: Republican Guard
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Syria also had a Republican Guard, which was responsible for Assad's security. Together with the Defense Companies, the Republican Guard provided bodyguards assigned on the basis of personal loyalties and affiliations to leading members of the regime and top officials. The Republican Guard was commanded by Adnan Makhluf, the president's brother-in-law. Political allies and associates of Rifaat al Assad, on the other hand, were given bodyguards from the Defense Companies.

Last Updated: April 1987

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