BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:55 P.M.) – Details have emerged on how Jaysh al-Islam rebels sabotaged the Russian-brokered agreement which was to see militants in the east Damascus district city of Douma either reconcile with the Syrian government or evacuate to northern Syria.

According to Syria-based journalist Danny Makki, Jaysh al-Islam set in motion the process that would lead to the collapse of the agreement by first changing their chief negotiator from Abo Ammar Dalwan (head of the group’s political office) to Abo Qusay ad-Deirani (assistant to the political head of the insurgent faction).

After this, Jaysh al-Islam withdrew from some of the agreed-on terms of the deal, top among them was the understanding that reconciling elements the rebel group would hand over their medium and heavy weapons to the Syrian Army immediately.

Russian negotiators have since disengaged from further talks until originally agreed-on points are realized by Jaysh al-Islam, this now resulting in a renewed large scale military operation by the Syrian Army and allied groups to take Douma using force.

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