Efforts to break through the al-Molouk checkpoint in the northern countryside of Homs and break the siege imposed on the old neighborhoods in the city last month included an allocation of $2,367,660 for arms and ammunition.
The money was given to Abu Hatem al-Daheek, one of the leaders of the armed revolution in Talbiseh for the mission.
The deal has been revealed in a leaked document, obtained by Zaman al-Wasl, showing Daheek’s receipt of the amount for completion of the task.
In addition, the document showed Daheek received some $800,000 from the total $2,367,660 in cash to purchase his ammunition and weapons requirements for the operation.
The checkpoint targeted is known for being a heavily fortified position, surrounded by a large number of armed soldiers.
According to the document, Daheek’s list of weapons included qualitative heavy, light, and medium ammunition, including 40 Grad rockets, 60 tank shells, 162,000 Kalashnikov bullets, 59,000 PKC bullets, 18 Concourse and Milan missiles, in addition to large numbers of rare and expensive ammunition from the region.
Despite what his supporters gave Daheek, he failed to complete his promised operation as agreed, and sources have told Zaman al-Wasl the circumstances which led to his being chosen to carry out the mission, despite warnings.
Most importantly, the sources said, Daheek is the sole owner of heavy army machinery of tanks and armored vehicles in the region.
Sources said Daheek submitted by the end of 2013 an initial list of required ammunition, but was refused by the donor entity because it was considered insufficient to accomplish the operation. He then doubled his demands and applications were completed by the beginning of 2014, before the establishment of the Hazem Movement, which Daheek later joined.
Sources also confirmed that Daheek stipulated that his Iman brigade work alone, without any cooperation with other factions in the region. He undertook an agreement to provide a video showing he had reached the flour mills, and in return the donor promised support for the liberation of all Homs.
However, since receiving the payment, Daheek has been maneuvering and manipulating, sources said, announcing the 'Zero Hour' and making many excuses, like having a damaged tank, the presence of refugees beside the checkpoint, or claiming that factions had refused to support him. Many times he said he had a shortage of ammunition.
The source also pointed out that the donor sent to Daheek reliable figures to receive the weapons and money after the fall of old Homs, in order to support other revolutionary operations, but said he had been postponing up until now.
The sources noted that during the period in which Daheek was planning to blow up the Al-Molouk checkpoint, two massacres were committed against the revolutionaries, including the Matahen massacre, which claimed the lives of about 50 fighters with the Bayada Martyrs Brigade led by Abdul Basset Sarout, and in Juret al-Shayah neighborhood, in which dozens were killed, including Iyad Zeaib, one of the rebel leaders in besieged Homs.
More than once and before leaving Homs, rebels in the Old City demanded help from Daheek through written messages and videos. Zaman al- Wasl also tried to reach him, but his only response was “there is no ammunition".
Zaman al-Wasl invites Daheek's response to the allegations and the material that has been published, including the minutes of meetings and video clips documenting the money he received.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer