Russia airstrike kills rebel leader in Damascus suburb


#1

An airstrike near the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Friday killed top rebel commander Zahran Allouch, who led one of the most powerful groups fighting against President Bashar Assad’s government, opposition activists said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an airstrike hit an Army of Islam meeting near the Damascus suburb of Otaya, killing several rebel commanders including Allouch.america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/12/25/russia-airstrikekillsrebelleaderindamascussuburb.html


#2

Jaysh al-Islam (Arabic: جيش الإسلام‎, meaning Army of Islam), formerly known as Liwa al-Islam or the Brigade of Islam, is a coalition of multiple Islamist and Salafist units involved in the Syrian Civil War. Its primary base of operations are the Damascus neighbourhoods of Douma and Eastern Ghouta. Jaysh al-Islam is the largest rebel faction in the area, as was its predecessor. The group is part of the Islamic Front. The organization has rejected membership of the Free Syrian Army. It has been critical of Hamas, accusing Khaled Mashal of having Iranian links

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaysh_al-Islam


#3

They got a rebel leader but the fact, that this kind of heavy fighting is even going on in the Capital is very bad.


#4

Probably one of those ‘moderate Islamist’ groups Cameron was banging on about the British counting on for ground support a few weeks back.


#5

And the regime has allies Hezbollah with the late Samir Kantar: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samir_Kuntar

If he isn’t a terrorist extremist, I don’t know who is.


#6

so is Russia going after ISIS or trying to protect Assad?


#7

This is not back door rumor; this was an agreement that was made over in Syria:

The ironic coincidence here is that despite Russia’s claim that it’s fighting ISIS, it allowed Assad’s regime to strike a deal with ISIS fighters while Moscow is targeting the group that is fighting ISIS. On Saturday, the regime reached a deal with ISIS to evacuate more than 2,000 of its fighters and allies from the suburbs of Damascus to Raqqa.

The deal, which will increase Assad’s chances of controlling these areas, is not the first time that Assad has cooperated with ISIS, it’s simply the first public one. The execution of the agreement was postponed due to ISIS’s concerns Jaysh al-Islam’s reaction to the killing of its leader.

pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=284207

As said, this is not the first time Assad has cooperated with ISIS, previously, it may have been alleged but now, we see there was an open deal to evacuate 2,000 ISIS fighters after Russia killed this other rebel leader.

So, whose side are all of these folks on actually?


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