DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:35 A.M.) – On Friday, two prominent ISIS commanders left caliphate ranks to join forces with Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on the provincial border between Homs and Deir Ezzor.
After communicating with FSA contigents, Ghassan Al-Sankeh and Mahmoud Al-Faraj arrived in Badia in central Syria, leaving behind ISIS fighters under their command in rural Deir Ezzor.
The ISIS commander Mahmoud Al-Faraj was said to be one of the highest-ranking commanders in Al-Mayadin, a city on the Euphrates River which reports indicate the Islamic State has transformed into its new capital.
ISIS controls the vast majority of the eastern province of Deir Ezzor although the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has maintained a presence in the provincial capital throughout the conflict while the FSA emerged in its southwestern desert last week.
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