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BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – It has become apparent that literally hundreds of rebel fighters that serve among the ranks of Turkish-backed forces in Afrin (namely, the Free Syrian Army) are ex-Islamic State militants.

According to sources, the gradual rollback of ISIS across northern and eastern Syria between mid-2016 to the end of 2017 prompted hundreds of Islamic State terrorists to flee to Turkey via surrendering to Turkish-backed proxy militias in Aleppo province.

Under the control of Turkish military authorities, the jihadist fighters were re-flagged and installed into the ranks of pro-Ankara rebel groups such as the Free Syrian Army and Faylaq al-Sham.

Now in the service of the Turkish Armed Forces, these ‘ex’-ISIS militants are currently battling US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of Aleppo province.

Below is a picture showing two photos of the same individual – once when we was an ISIS militant and since he became a ‘moderate’ rebel in the service of Turkish-backed forces.

 

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Pete
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“ISIS militants are currently battling US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region” ??? What utter gibberish. YPG in Afrin is not “US-backed”. They are Syrians. Please check your ethnic propaganda.

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Nestor Arapa

Re doy toda la razón

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Stern Daler

Right – Votel fore example calls SDF allies and not so the YPG.

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Siempre lo dije, Erdogan apoya a terroristas de ISIS, así fue en Kobani, Tell-Abyad, en ese entonces terroristas de ISIS conversando con militares Turcos, donde fueron proporcionados las armas.
Rusia e Irán simplemente son burlados por el terrorista de la Hermandad Musulmana llamado Erdogan…
Espero no equivocarme, si el gobierno Sirio no reacciona, muy pronto será otro Altos de Golán pero esta ves en el norte a manos del gobierno Turco.

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ISIS fighters were always religious mercenaries, ghazi. And Erdogan’s posture as new Sultan and vanguard of the Muslim world makes it easy for them to give allegiance to him.

BTW. It was the ghazi irregulars that did the dirty work for the sultans.

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Dear Andrew, I commend you for being able to learn and to eventually state the obvious. Although the process took quite a while. However, it makes no difference if these bandits appear in uniforms of the black, gray, green or white Daesh or with an AKP pin on their reverse or in which style they are shaved for the time being. They are and it is all the same. And everything is according to plan for the Yankee Empire (inclusive of its Australian poodle outlet).

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FSA, Daesh & their Sunni extremist factions are all the same s**t…..and Erdogan wants to carry the Ottoman flag across northern Syria & Iraq representing these vile rodents.

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Surprise! Putin/Assad didn’t want to defend Syrian borders of Afrin to “punish” Kurds… Now you have Isis & the Sultan back at your door. Good luck when you’ll try to dislodge them, if yoy can.

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Who could know? Up to recently Erdogan claimed he will not take Syrian territory. Except in some older speeches – now he changed his mind. Seems he is backed by the US. Votel said in his official situation testimony.

Intervention by the US-led coalition and “regional powers” – by which Votel presumably meant Turkey – has already “blocked Assad’s ability to recapture major portions of northern Syria.

The US up to now also said IS is their only aim in Syria.