Islamic State commanders arrive at Southern Damascus in coordination with Syrian government

تحرير سعيد غزّول | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة فرح ناصيف 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 12 فبراير، 2018 11:29:33 ص خبر عسكري تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية

Damascus, SMART 

Days ago, the Islamic states (ISIS) commanders arrived at the Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, Southern Damascus after they coordinated with a reconciliation official of loyalist forces.

On Monday, a local source, which preferred to be unknown, in Southern Damascus told SMART that two ISIS Iraqi and Gulfian commanders arrived in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, which is the most significant ISIS stronghold in Southern Damascus, coming from Eastern Hama.  

The source added that other groups of ISIS commanders would enter the neighborhood soon after smuggling ISIS prominent figures from Northern Syria. The commanders will come through Bara checkpoint of loyalist forces. The checkpoint separates al-Hajar al-Aswad and the nearby town of Sabina, 10 kilometers south of Damascus.  

The al- Rabee’ Thawra Gathering said on its official website that three ISIS commanders, (Saudi, Iraqi, and Algerian)  arrived at al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood through Al-Asali checkpoint after coordinating with loyalist forces represented by Ihab al-Salti, who is the official of reconciliation committee in the area.The Gathering spoke of uncertain news about the arrival of a fourth ISIS Tunisian commander.

According to its sources, the Gathering said that it is likely that ISIS new commanders entered the area to reorganize ISIS in preparation for a military campaign against the factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the neighborhoods and towns of Southern Damascus. ISIS called upon the residents to evacuate al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood entirely to turn it into a military area.

The Gathering noted that ISIS has suffered from significant deterioration recently because tens of ISIS members, some of them are security commanders and first class commanders, have left the neighborhood for areas in Northern and Southern Syria in coordination with loyalist forces. The Gathering added that ISIS commanders went the field after they had lost all its strongholds in Iraq as well as the decline of its presence in small areas in Syria.

In December 2017, the US-led international coalition against ISIS said that hundreds of ISIS members arrived in areas near Damascus through areas controlled by loyalist forces. The members came after they had escaped from the areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF).

Frequent and intermittent clashes between ISIS members and FSA and affiliated Islamist battalions erupt in the are separating al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood and the town of Babila. Battles erupt between ISIS and the al-Hayat- Tahrir-al-Sham in the nearby camp of al-Yarmouk. 

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تحرير سعيد غزّول | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة فرح ناصيف 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 12 فبراير، 2018 11:29:33 ص خبر عسكري تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية
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