World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's powerful brother has been moved out of his de-facto command of the elite 4th Armored Division.
"Maher al-Assad has been transferred from the command of 4th Armored Division's 42nd Brigade to the General Staff [of the Syrian Army]," the Latakia News Network -- which has a following of over 200,000 people -- alleged overnight Thursday.
Al-Etihad press, meanwhile, added that General Ali Mahmoud would replace Maher al-Assad as commander of the 4th Armored Division's 42nd Brigade.
Although Maher al-Assad is technically only the commander of the brigade, he has de-facto leadership over the whole 15,000-man strong 4th Armored Division, which is one of the key units protecting the Syrian regime.