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In IS areas in Deir Ezzor countryside, is not strange to find people, who were once with the regime, taking a place in IS caliphate Diwan, helping IS to control the regime areas, running service matters to get rid of IS opponents through information and records obtained by them.
IS recruited “Subhi Al-Karjout” to handed him recently the agriculture Diwan in Alhajeen city in Deir Ezzor after his sincerity in working with IS during the first months of his recruitment.
“Al-karjout” was one of the loyal henchmen of the regime and an active member of Baath party. He was promoted to lead a number of Baath party circles in the eastern region for being very close to the intelligence services of the regime in Deir Ezzor.
Al-Karjout offered many great services to IS in Alhajeen city, one of which was leaking Agricultural association archives, which contain lists and records of farmers and their land and the financial amounts that were kept by the association, in addition to lists of names of farmers who had fines and owe tax of “watering crops, fertilizers and sowing”. Therefor IS rewarded Al-Karjoud by handing him over the task of tax collection, forcing parents to pay financial penalties to Agriculture Diwan of the area considering this money as “public Muslims funds“.
People who live under bad conditions were wondering how could IS collect regime taxes money. Having no other option, they paid those amounts as if the regime institutions came back again.
Today, Al-Karjouti enjoys a high appreciation of IS. Recently he managed to build a luxurious house since he enjoyed a sudden financial improvements. This incident is an example of the interaction happening between IS and agents of the regime among many other similar cases.
Qais Al-Fourati, an activist form Deir Ezzor countryside, said to “Sound and Picture” : ” after IS control over most of Deir Ezzor and its surrounding, IS needed the civilians to be recruited as agents to its “intelligence service” to get a complete and accurate information about the area and the families. IS found its interest in recruiting who were known for their work for the regime intelligence, write reports and those who were active with the regime in the early years of the Syrian revolution.
Al- Fourati also said: “there is a common interest between IS and regime agents, which is to hit the Syrian revolution. Both sides quickly worked as a team. and the “agent” nickname was changed to become “the loyal“.
IS contacted with regime agents and former members of Baath Party for incorporating them into its ranks, treating them as “loyal” to IS, registering them in privet Sharia classes, separated from other families and regime dissident soldiers classes.
The activist Mohammed al-Dairi, said ” the majority of the regime former agents were recruited recently in various IS Diwans, even in clans Diwan, due to their wide knowledge of clans. People became frustrated with IS’s behaviors and policies such as supporting regime agents considering them friends while treating people and FSA as “infidels and apostates” who must be punished.