General Commander of the Saudi-backed Jaysh Al-Islam, Zahran Alloush, issued yesterday Wednesday a general amnesty for all criminal offenses, misdemeanors and minor infractions committed by the residents of areas under his control in the Eastern Ghouta.
The amnesty statement was released in the same day the former inmate returned to his stronghold in Douma after nearly a month-long trip to neighboring Jordan.
Alloush, also commander of Ghouta Unified Command, has been the subject of deadly protests in Eastern Ghouta where a number of locals have been killed and injured. Protestors took the street to complain about the unbearable living conditions as well as the corruption of rebel factions.
In the city of Al-Mo’adamiyah (nearly 10 km southwest of Damascus), Jaysh Al-Islam broke the terms of reconciliations held earlier with the Syrian Army, where large numbers of militants launched a surprise attack on checkpoints run by National Defense Forces (NDF).
It is claimed that Alloush is a bone of contention between Jordan and the UAE. While the former sees him as a potential ally, the latter branded him as an extremist.
During the last two years, Zahran visited Turkey and Saudi Arabia; earning the reputation of ‘the man who will be counted on in the future’.
A couple ofdays earlier, Jaysh Al-Islam released a video showing its fighters executing 18 ISIS militants being in a retaliatory video.