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Syria regime prepares list of 3m wanted persons

Jamil Hassan is the head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate

The Syrian regime has prepared a list of three million wanted persons both in the country and abroad.

The Syrian Correspondent news site reported that the information was leaked from a meeting chaired by the head of Air Force Intelligence Directorate, General Jamil Hassan, and held with 33 intelligence officers who discussed the mechanism to deal with the next phase after what he called “victories” achieved by the “Syrian Arab Army”.

According to the site, Hassan claimed that 150,000 businessmen are involved in financing terrorism, adding: “We will hold accountable anyone involved by word, deed or even silence.”

According to the source, Hassan remarked on the return of displaced Syrians saying: “We will treat them like sheep; get rid of the damaged ones and leave the good ones…. Syria after eight years will not accept the presence of cancer cells in it. Ten million obedient ones are better than 30 million terrorists.”

President Bashar Al-Assad is seeking to recover the entire southwestern corner of Syria in an offensive that began last month and has so far recovered swathes of territory from opposition groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner.

Read: Syrian government forces and allies close to capturing entire southwest

The Syrian president is already in his strongest position since the early days of the seven-year civil war that has killed half a million people. A successful assault on the southwest would leave insurgents seeking to overthrow Al-Assad largely confined to a single pocket of territory in the northwest of the country.

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