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Assad Forms Anti-Corruption Committee to Investigate Officers’ Dodgy Dealings

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Assad Forms Anti-Corruption Committee to Investigate Officers’ Dodgy Dealings

The Syrian presidency has opened an urgent investigation into tackling corruption over arms sales and dealings with rebels and Islamic State (ISIS) militants, a well-informed source told Zaman al-Wasl.

According to activists, the anti-corruption committee was formed by President Bashar al-Assad on the insistence of Russia in an effort to lessen the anger of loyalists and the families of slain soldiers.

Recent reports claim that Gen. Ghanem Saqqur sold ISIS fighters dozens of arms shipments in the eastern countryside of Homs after a military vehicle loaded with weapons was intercepted by intelligence officers following the Eid holiday, a source said.

In July, military intelligence arrested Gen. Sulaiman al-Salama, head of the army's supplies directorate, over corruption allegations involving fake dealings and the embezzlement of $80 million.

Corruption has never been a stranger to the Syrian state, as it exists in every government sector, institution, ministry and especially in its judicial sector, according to U.K.-based newspaper Al-Araby al-Jadeed.

This corruption increased dramatically after the Syrian revolution began, opening new doors for exploitation, especially among military officers.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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