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Chances are Rami #Makhlouf's life isn't in danger whatever may happen next . He's blood, after all.
The fall of the #Jaber Brothers, whom #Damascus perceived their actions as 'treason' (punishable by death), may be the most recent example.
The Jaber Brothers, once #Syria’s biggest tycoons and most powerful militia leaders, fell precipitously once they crossed red lines.
Tied to the #Assad family through marriage likely saved their lives and their ultimate downfall was limited to public disgrace & financial ruin.
The #Makhlouf saga is reminder that no matter how big a whale you are in #Syria, the megalodon is the apex predator.
Pieced together through insiders, at various intervals, this is the tale of the the fall of the Jaber Brothers, the ‘frog(s) that wished to be as big as the ox’.
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A trusted source confirmed that Rami #Makhlouf’s business empire is facing a serious threat. Long-considered #Syria's largest tycoon, Makhlouf now has a dangerous nemesis: A 'high, unquestioned authority' operating behind 'several frontmen', mainly a certain Abu Ali Khodr
The source confirmed that the accounts of Makhlouf's Al-Boustan Charity had been 'taken over' even though it's still operating as normal. However, he denied he was under 'house arrest' and said that both his MTN and shares in SyriaTel were "safe... so far"
Months ago, the source had told me about the 'unquestioned authority's' plan to become Syria's 'New Makhlouf'. To that end, a 'Syrian Ritz Carlton' needed to be carried out, he told me, in reference to MBS lockup of Saudi’s wealthy princes and stripping their fortunes away.
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Profile for al-Komeet Forces: a #Tiger_Forces "storming unit" from Tartous led by Firas Issa (pic 1).

Group is approx company-sized (~80 men) and is the *only* known TF unit fighting IS in south Syria (now moving to Lajat).
Al-Komeet is particularly interesting bc they have close ties to both #Hezbollah and Bustan Association.

While Tigers fought IS in Reef #Aleppo in Jan 2017, al-Komeet was fighting in #Qaryatayn w/ #Hezbollah & al-Rashashat Battalion of the Bustan Association.
Firas & al-Komeet also fought with #Hezbollah in #Boukamal #DeirEzZor in Dec 2017 (pic) and likely w/ them in #Suwayda now where they cont to operate alongside Bustan’s al-Rashashat Battalion.
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