BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 A.M.) – The Jaysh al-Islam militant group has released a 10-minute video showing their battles against ISIS in Syria’s eastern Qalamoun mountains. Despite being released just yesterday, the footage shown in the video was captured prior to pro-government forces driving ISIS from the eastern Qalamoun region and de facto besieging Syrian rebel factions there within themselves.
The video shows Jaysh al-Islam militants battling ISIS forces in eastern Qalamoun with a range of smalls arms and heavy equipment ranging from AK-47 assault rifles to T-72 main battle tanks.
Moreover, the narrator in the video goes to extensive efforts to distinguish the apparent difference between Jaysh al-Islam’s version of jihad and the Islamic State’s version of jihad. To this end, the rebel propaganda piece emphases that ISIS represents an unjustifiable imperialist movement and that its self-declared state is illegitimate and un-Islamic.
Near the end of the video, Jaysh al-Islam claims that its forces had, prior to being isolated by pro-government forces, destroyed six tanks, ten 23-mm guns, four BMP-1s and two bulldozers belonging to ISIS as well as killing 825 of the terrorist group’s fighters. Furthermore, the Syrian rebel group claims to have captured two tanks, eight 23-mm guns, one Humvee vehicles and several MANPAD (shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile) systems from ISIS.
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