"(Reuters) - Just the mention of the word would send shivers down the spine of Syrians: "mukhabarat", or secret police.
Abuses by President Bashar al-Assad's feared security units were among the
reasons Syrians took to the streets in March 2011, leading to an uprising that
has become a civil war.
But now some of the rebels fighting Assad say they have set up a mukhabarat
of their own to "protect the revolution", monitor sensitive military sites and
gather military information to help rebels plan attacks against government
"We formally formed the unit in November. It provides all kind of information
to (opposition) politicians and fighters. We are independent and just serve the
revolution," said a rebel intelligence officer who goes under the name Haji......."