A hashish dealer, an informant, then a military commander, the story of the development of the crime of “Firas al-Iraqiya”

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He does not have an educational or professional certificate, and he has not undergone special military training that qualifies him to be in charge of the National Defense Militia in Deir Ezzor, so how did Jaham transform from a drug dealer into a great leader, and is his end approaching according to new indicators coming from the Assad regime and Russia?

Firas Al-Jaham. Or the nickname “Firas Al-Iraqiya”, is notorious for promoting drugs, hashish and thefts. He was arrested several times by the security branches in Deir Ezzor for these reasons. He is originally from the town of “Al-Bahra”, east of Deir Ezzor, which is currently under the control of SDF.

With the siege of the city and the loss of its areas of influence in its surroundings, the Assad regime worked to recruit informants to pursue the revolutionaries and opposition activists, and the shabiha and informants were headed by Firas al-Jaham.

Al-Jaham was working faithfully for Major General “Mohammed Khaddour” and it is said that he was able to extradite many activists and disclose dozens of revolutionaries to the security services, in exchange for giving him space to promote his goods of grain, smoke and hashish.

With the escalation of the clashes in Deir Ezzor, the regime tended to recruit criminals, misdemeanors and drug gangs, to ease their control, and implement the regime’s requests without objection. lion in exchange for financial salaries or special benefits granted to them).

After al-Assad took control of the city of Deir Ezzor, Moscow saw in it an opportunity to be used to consolidate its influence at the time, so it summoned him to the Hmeimim base, and provided him with money, weapons and logistical support, which made him out of the control of al-Assad and Iran.

After that, Al-Jaham was involved in violations against human rights, including field liquidations, forced arrests, torture of prisoners, theft of civilian property, drug smuggling, and hashish.

Since the beginning of 2022, and after the outbreak of the Ukrainian war, Moscow began to reduce its financial support in Syria, which affected its influence in Deir Ezzor in favor of Iran. The area belongs to a security element in the Fourth Division who cannot exceed his powers. Will al-Jaham return to the role of corruption as he started?

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