DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – Media accounts connected to Syrian opposition have reported on the defection of one of the commanders of Faylaq Al-Rahman islamist group that operates in East Ghouta region in Damascus province.
In his statement, Colonel Abu Muhammad Al-Kurdi explains that he decided to leave Faylaq’s ranks after discovering that Faylaq was cooperating and maintaining close contacts with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) jihadist entity and Al-Qaeda.
Calling both of them “terrorists”, Al-Kurdi concluded that he had no other choice but to defect and join Jaish Al-Islam.
The latter is the most powerful armed islamist group operating in East Ghouta, with several thousand militants in its ranks. The infighting began on April 28, when Jaish Al-Islam forces attacked positions held by Faylaq Al-Rahman and HTS.
More than 200 militants have been killed in continuing clashes.