Jaish Al-Islam vs Faylaq Al-Rahman – Who “Loves” Syria More?

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By Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

Communique translated by Sufyan Jan

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21st May, 2016

According to the Syrian State news agency (SANA), the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides reported on May 20th, 2016, the “moderate” rebels have violated the ceasefire that came into effect on the 27th February, 2016, a total of 568 times. The reported also stated:

“The cessation of hostilities agreement, which does not include Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and other groups listed by the UN as terrorist organizations, is still holding in most Syrian provinces, the center affirmed, pointing out that the number of towns joined the agreement reached 112 town while the number of armed groups which announced commitment to the agreement remained at 59.” The Russian center said.

But just what exactly is going on in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta – a hotspot for the aforementioned violations? It would appear there is a dispute going on over who loves Syria more. Two such groups who are deeply ‘in love’ with al-Sham are Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman. This lovers’ quarrel escalated to such heights that “Faylaq Al-Rahman and Jaysh Al-Fustat launched a counter-offensive in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus“. In fact, Jaish al-Islam’s main HQs in both Arbin and Harasta were destroyed as a result of this attack.

“Leader of the Faylaq al-Rahman brigade, Abdul Naser Shmeir (C), addresses his troops during a military parade on May 30, 2015, in Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region.”

The fighting, which has claimed over 50 lives over the past week, has become so passionate that another rebel group  decided to act as mediator to keep “moderate” minds on the task at hand – chopping off heads and eating organs. 

In the latest episode of this soap opera, Faylaq al-Rahman and Jaish Al-Islam decided to defuse the situation by exchanging prisoners:

Following our brothers’ gesture in Jaish Al-Islam of releasing some of our military men, we in turn announce the release of 18 of their security apparatus: 4 from Duma, 4 from Beit Sawa, 3 from Zamalka, 3 from Saqba, 2 from Banias, 2 from Jisreen, and 2 from Mesrba. They were handed over to the local majalis of each town. We also are prepared to release all those in custody only if Jaish Al-Islam release the rest of our prisoners. Noting that we are only holding some of the commanders and some military personnel that plotted and participated in the offense against our HQ’s, those who didn’t participate were released immediately. We hope that these steps will restore trust between us.

To put this inner conflict into perspective, a Syrian Army drone was sent into the skies of East Ghouta to document the damage caused by the opposition’s sentiment for all things in the Levant:

The Syrian army has liberated the areas of Bazinah and Harasta Qantarah, and are rapidly approaching the scene of the Takfiri equivalent of Brokeback Mountain. But in the meantime, the two groups are safe from Russia’s airstrikes, thanks to the US’ recent decision to reject Shoigu’s proposal, and can attempt to resolve this burning (quite literally) desire in a ‘peaceful’ arena. 

It looks like the 2015 prediction made by Brooking Institute’s own version of Harry Potter (a Qatar mouthpiece in essence) was a work of fiction, even by his own standards…

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