Following a meeting between the Faylaq Al-Rahman and Jaish Al-Islam leaderships on Monday’s afternoon, an unknown armed group attacked Faylaq Al-Rahman’s leaders after Jaish Al-Islam’s leaders had just left.
The armed assailants surrounded the headquarters and began attempting to break into the building and heavy clashes ensued between the two sides until the leaders Abu Al-Nasr, Abu Allam, and Abu Na’im managed to escape through an underground emergency route suffering minor injuries. Investigations are ongoing about the identity of the perpetrators of the attack.
The meeting was in the Eastern Ghouta town of Hamouriyah and was supposedly about a military agreement between the two jihadist factions.
While some people propose that the rival Jaish Al-Islam may be behind the attack, it is much more likely that armed locals fed up with Faylaq Al-Rahman’s mistreatment and oppression of their basic liberties were behind the attack. It is important to note that Faylaq Al-Rahman’s jails are filled with local dissenters. In fact, two days ago, Faylaq fighters opened fire on protesters in Erbeen as seen in the distressing video below.