Abdul Baset al-Sarout

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Abdul Baset al-Sarout
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-01-02) January 2, 1992 (age 26)
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
Allegiance  Syrian opposition
Years of service 2012–2015
Unit Bayada Martyrs' Brigade[1]

Syrian Civil War

Abdul Baset al-Sarout (Arabic: عبد الباسط الساروت‎) is a former Syrian association football goalkeeper. He represented Syria at the U-17 and U-20 level. During the Siege of Homs from 2011-14, he became a Syrian rebel[clarification needed] commander.[2]

The Arab-speaking media network Al Jazeera described him as a "well known icon in the Syrian uprising".[3] All four of his brothers were killed by Syrian security forces. His uncle, Mohe Edden al-Sarout, was killed during November 2011 in Homs.[4]

Al-Sarout survived at least three assassination attempts during his role as a rebel commander. During one attempt, 50 fighters from his unit, the Bayada Martyrs' Brigade, were killed.[1] He was featured in the 2013 war documentary The Return to Homs.[5] In November 2015, al-Sarout and the Bayada Martyrs' Brigade came into conflict with al-Qaeda's al-Nusra Front. Nusra attacked Sarout and his fighters over a claim that Sarout has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. [6]

On 29 May 2017, Sarout was arrested by Tahrir al-Sham after being accused of participating in an anti-HTS protest in Maarat al-Nu'man.[7] He was released on 24 June and charges against him dropped.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Document: rebel commander robs 2.3 Million $ allocated to break Homs Siege". Zaman al-Wasl. 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Syrian goalkeeper takes a stand in Homs as national side aim for Olympics". Telegraph. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Abdul Baset Al Sarout Live Blog". AlJazeera.net. 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Syria reacts to Arab League suspension - Sunday 13 November 2011". Guardian. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Return To Homs". Proaction/Ventana Films. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nusra turns guns on rebels in effort to capture 'only corridor' into blockaded north Homs". Syria Direct. 4 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Front victory arrest Abdul Baset Al-Sarout on charges of incitement". Al Etihad Press. 30 May 2017. 
  8. ^ ""Edit Sham" acquits Abdel Basset Alsarut". Enab Baladi. 24 June 2017. 

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