"Sexual exploitation and assaults": Child abuse scandals haunt Putin’s Assad regime favourite, Suhail Al-Hassan

Suhail Hassan with youths

A large number of photos have circulated in recent years showing Major General Suhail al-Hassan, a senior officer in Assad’s forces known as ‘the Tiger’ (al Nimr), pictured in often suggestive poses with youthful and under-age male conscripts, raising doubt and mistrust over the reasons and circumstances of their capture, and representing decisive evidence of the recruitment of children into the ranks of Assad’s militias.