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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The interesting part is that they use the same exact language for non muslims and also Shia Muslims as ISIS does. What is really the difference between these thugs and ISIS?

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