This extraordinary security shield system for Assad was set up following the July 18th bombing in Damascus. The attack on the National Security building resulted in the deaths of Syria's Minster of Defense Davud Raciha, Minister of the Interior İbrahim El Şaar, Assad's brother-in-law Asaf Şevket and advisor Hasan Türkmani.
According to Syrian deputy İhlâs Bedevi, who recently crossed into Turkey for shelter, all civilian and military members of the current administration are being closely tracked by Al Mukhabarat. Meanwhile in order to ensure that intelligence personnel do not switch over to the opposition, they themselvesare under close surveillance by the Shabiha, a paramilitary group run by Maher Assad. The Shabiha has also supposedly taken administrators' families under hostage. Therefore, in order to not put their loved ones in danger, these individuals continue to serve the administration and are unable to escape Syria. In addition, in order to ensure Bashar Assad does not face an end similar to Saddam Huseyin or Muammar Gaddafi, a series of escape routes have been established. Both air and sea vessels are being held on standby and their operators and personnel are not allowed contact with the outside world.This is a translation of an article originally written by Mutlu Çölgeçen.