Abdul Baset al-Sarout
|Date of birth||January 2, 1992|
|Place of birth||Syria|
|Abdul Baset al-Sarout|
|Years of service||2012–2015|
|Unit||Bayada Martyrs' Brigade|
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.
The Arab-speaking media network Al Jazeera described him as a "well known icon in the Syrian uprising". All four of his brothers were killed by Syrian security forces. His uncle, Mohe Edden al-Sarout, was killed during November 2011 in Homs.
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. He was featured in the 2013 war documentary The Return to Homs. 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. 
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. He was released on 24 June and charges against him dropped.
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- "London 2012 Olympics: Syrian goalkeeper takes a stand in Homs as national side aim for Olympics". Telegraph. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
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- "Front victory arrest Abdul Baset Al-Sarout on charges of incitement". Al Etihad Press. 30 May 2017.
- ""Edit Sham" acquits Abdel Basset Alsarut". Enab Baladi. 24 June 2017.
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