On December 23, the Free Syrian Police (FSP) announced that the support for it was resumed once again, after it was suspended by the UK earlier on December when BBC’s Panorama exposed the supposed “police” in an investigation titled “Jihadis you pay for”.
Panorama’s investigation revealed shocking facts about the FSP, like that the group is paying the money it receives from the UK through Access to Justice and Community Security (AJACS) program to terrorist groups in Syria.
The BBC also revealed that the FSA is working side by side with courts that carry out summary executions, and that most FSA member are handpicked by terrorist group. The FSP was also accused of enlisting dead or fictional people on its payroll.
Since the BBC has aired the investigation, several main stream media (MSM) outlets defended the FSP and the AJACS program. The Guardian even published an article titled “Free Syrian Police are courageous and selfless people” in which it attacked the BBC.
Adam Smith International, a UK company that’s running the AJACS program said it strongly denies the allegations against the FSP, according the BBC.
Syrian pro-government activists say that the truth about the FSP is way worse than what the BBC reported in its investigation and claim that the whole police force exists only on Facebook and in front of camera lenses. According to the activists, the only real security force of the Syrian oppositions is backed by Turkey and exists in the Euphrates Shield-held area in northern Syria.
Moreover, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham publicly announces on daily bases that its security forces, called the Executive Force is the one responsible for security and fighting crime in the Syrian Idlib governorate.
The FSP didn’t reveal in its statement if the UK was the side that’s supporting it again, or if it’s now receiving support from Turkey as Syrian pro-opposition source suggested.