Abdul Baset Al-Sarout

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Abdul Baset Al-Sarout
Personal information
Full name Abed al-Basit al-Sarout
Abdelbasset Saroot
Date of birth January 1, 1992
Place of birth Syria
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Years Team
?–2011 Al-Karamah SC
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Syria U17
2009–2010 Syria U20

Abdul Baset Al-Sarout or Abdelbasset Saroot (Arabic: عبد الباسط الساروت) is a Syrian former association football goalkeeper. He has represented Syria at U-17 and U-20 level. He is thought to be a leader of the Syrian rebels in Homs.

He is a vocal supporter of the rebels in Syria.[1]

The Arab-speaking media network Al Jazeera have described him as a "well known icon in the Syrian uprising".[2] All four of his brothers were killed by Syrian security forces. His uncle, Mohe Edden Al-Sarout was killed during November 2011 in Homs.[3]

Sarout reportedly kissed a murdered 19-year-old protestor's bloody head whilst a crowd chanted to the beat of a drum "Sleep easy we will continue the struggle... mothers weep for Syria's youth"[4]

Al-Sarout is thought to have survived at least three assassination attempts.

Al-Sarout was featured in Talal Derki's 2013 war documentary The Return to Homs. [5]

As of November 2015, Sarout is still a respected leader of the Syrian revolution and commands the Shuhada al-Bayada rebel group, which has come into conflict with Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda branch in Syria after Al-Nusra attacked Sarout and his men over a claim that Sarout has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. [6]


  1. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Syrian goalkeeper takes a stand in Homs as national side aim for Olympics". Telegraph. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Abdul Baset Al Sarout Live Blog". AlJazeera.net. 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Syria reacts to Arab League suspension - Sunday 13 November 2011". Guardian. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Syrian secret police defect, Arab deadline looms". reuters.com. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Return To Homs". Proaction/Ventana Films. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ http://syriadirect.org/news/nusra-turns-guns-on-rebels-in-effort-to-capture-%E2%80%98only-corridor%E2%80%99-into-blockaded-north-homs/

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