DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:36 A.M.) – Some 150 Islamist insurgents affiliated to the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) have made their way to Douma following their harrowing loss in the Damascene districts of Qaboun and Tishrin where they failed to withstand the incessant assaults from the powerful 4th Mechanized Division.
The radical rebels made it to the Army of Islam’s stronghold of Douma last night after they refused to be shipped to Idlib which is under the full control of the hostile al Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Jaish al-Fateh alliance. Notably, Ahrar al-Sham assaulted all Jaish al-Islam’s HQs and, bases, and ammo depots in northern Idlib virtually obliterating Jaish al-Islam’s presence in northern Syria. Transportation to Idlib would be a de-facto death sentence to the wary JaI rebels.
Opposition sources reported that the tunnels used by the fighters to evacuate Qaboun to Eastern Ghouta were connected to an area in the zone of control of the Qatari-backed Faylaq al-Rahman. The rival rebel group forced the JaI militants to surrender their weapons before being escorted to Douma.
This development occured last night before the newest round of infighting lit up this morning when Jaish al-Islam launched a wide-scale assault on multiple villages as reported by AMN.
With the Syrian Army’s noose tightening around Eastern Ghouta, the bloody jihadist infighting that had already claimed the lives of hundreds stands to intensify as rival factions battle over scarce resources and limited influence in Damascus’s backyard.