Said Mohammad Sammour

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Said Mohammad Sammour
سعيد محمد سمور
Minister of Interior
In office
23 April 2009 – April 2011
President Bashar Assad
Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Al Otari
Preceded by Bassam Abdel Majid
Succeeded by Mohammad Al Shaar
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 66–67)
Political party Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Military service
Rank Syria-Liwa.jpg Major General

Said Mohammad Sammour (Arabic: سعيد محمد سمور‎‎) (born 1950) is a Syrian military officer and politician who served as interior minister.

Early life and education[edit]

Sammour was born in Jableh in 1950.[1] He received a bachelor of arts degree in English literature.[2] He also holds a diploma in aeronautical science.[2]


Sammour is a former major general. He was the chief of Syrian military intelligence in Homs.[1] He also served at the same post in charge with the Damascus Region.[1][3] Then he was appointed deputy chief of the military intelligence in 2005,[4] and served in the post until 2009.[4][5]

On 23 April 2009, he was appointed interior minister to the cabinet headed by then prime minister Mohammad Naji Al Otari, and replaced Bassam Abdel Majid in the post.[6][7][8] In April 2011, Sammour was replaced by Mohammad Al Shaar as interior minister.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Sammour is married and has four children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "President Assad's Cabinet Reshuffle". Wikileaks. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "President Bashar Al Assad Issues a Number of Legislative Decrees". SANA. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ministerial Reshuffle Disappoints". IWPR. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Bar, Shmuel (2006). "Bashar’s Syria: The Regime and its Strategic Worldview" (PDF). IPS. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Robert G. Rabil (2006). Syria, The United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-275-99015-2. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Syria’s ministerial reshuffle ‘disappointing’". Middle East Online. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Syrian Cabinet Reshuffle". Carnegie Endowment. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Syrian president reshuffles cabinet with five new ministers". People's Daily. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Syrian president reshuffles cabinet". Xinhua. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Syrian president reshuffles cabinet". People's Daily. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bassam Abdel Majid
Interior Minister
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Mohammad Al Shaar