Abdel-Fatah Qudsiyeh

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Abdel-Fatah Qudsiyeh
عبد الفتاح قدسية،
Born 1953 (age 62–63)
Allegiance Syria Syria
Service/branch Syrian Arab Army
Years of service 1973-2013
Rank Syria-Liwa.jpg Major General
Unit Special Tasks Regiment
Commands held Air Force Intelligence Directorate
Director (past–2009)
Military Intelligence Directorate
Director (2009–2012)
National Security Bureau
Deputy Director (2012–present)
Battles/wars Yom Kippur War
Syrian civil war

Abdel-Fatah Qudsiyeh (Arabic: عبد الفتاح قدسية،‎‎) (born 1953) is the deputy director of the Syrian National Security Bureau and a close adviser to President Bashar al-Assad.[1]

Early life[edit]

Qudsiyeh was born in Hama in 1953.[2][3]


Qudsiyeh is a Major General. He served in the special forces and was the head of the Air Force Intelligence Directorate of Syria.[4] He also served as the head of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate from 2009 to July 2012.[4][5] After the National Security headquarters bombing in July 2012, he was appointed as the deputy director of the National Security Bureau which became headed by Ali Mamlouk.[6] Qudsiyeh was replaced by Rafiq Shahadah as general director of the military intelligence.[6]


Since 9 May 2011, Qudsiyeh is one of several officials sanctioned by the European Union.[7][8][9] He was added to the European Union's sanction list on the grounds that he "involved in violence against the civilian population" during the Syrian civil war.[2] He was also sanctioned by the United States[1] and the Swiss government.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Bashar al-Assad's inner circle". BBC. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "List of natural and legal persons". Official Journal of the EU. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ordinance instituting measures against Syria" (PDF). Federal Department of Economy. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Black, Ian (28 April 2011). "Six Syrians who helped Bashar al-Assad keep iron grip after father's death". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Kaphie, Anud (18 July 2012). "Who's who in Bashar al-Assad's inner circle?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Assad reshuffles top security posts after bombing that killed four senior officials". The Times of Israel. Damascus. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Syria's Assad 'reshuffles security chiefs' UPI, 21 October 2010
  8. ^ List of 13 Syrian officials blacklisted by the EU Youkal accessed 21 July 2012 (Arabic)
  9. ^ State funeral for three Syrian officials as Assad’s inner circle shrinks The Daily Star 21 July 2012