DAMASCUS: It doesn’t get any better. We know that Saudi Arabia created and backs the Jaysh Al-Islam, a group of fundamentalist Wahhabist terrorists whose major turf is the East Ghoutaa. The JI has declared war on the Hay`at Tahreer Al-Shaam (Liberation of Syria Commission) which is another name for ISIS. But, it has also attacked FaylaqAl-Rahmaan, another jihadist group fighting the Syrian government which is allied to ISIS. The fighting is taking place in ‘Irbeen,Kafr Batna and Al-Ash’ari for the most part. What is of interest is that Saudi Arabia has, evidently, given the order for this culling process in what seems to be a shift from support to all terrorists fighting Dr. Assad’s government to a more focused battle with the Islamic State. On Friday, April 28, 2017, over 50 terrorists from both sides were killed in this in-fighting.
We can only attribute this shift in strategy to coordination with the U.S. whose president has vowed to destroy ISIS. It might also mean that the U.S. has agreed to support Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen to eviscerate the Houthi militias in exchange for Saudi Arabia ceasing support for ISIS in Syria and Iraq. It’s a possibility built up out of pure speculation.
On Friday, also, the Nusra/Alqaeda terrorist group attacked ISIS in what is called the “Thallaajaat” area northwest of the Al-Zamraani Crossing between Faleeta and Al-Jaraajeer. Once again, we see here the hand of Saudi Arabia pulling the strings of its puppets to comply with the American demand to rid the world of ISIS. In the fighting, Abu Yazeed, a Nusra/Alqaeda field commander was killed along with all his aides. Also, Abu Ja’far Al-Zhawaahiri, an ISIS commander was killed with his adjutants, Abu ‘Umar Al-Qalamooni and a commander named “Al-Za’eem”, which is the Arabic equivalent of the Spanish,“El Caudillo”.
And its gets even funnier. In the Yarmook Camp, ISIS clashed with Hay`at Tahreet Al-Shaam all over the Yarmook Avenue area with scores killed and wounded.
So, why are terrorists groups turning their guns of ISIS? And why is Nusra/Alqaeda waging war against a group so similar to it that the organizations are almost indistinguishable?
Yesterday, Faylaq Al-Rahmaan and Hay`at Tahreer Al-Shaam fought Jaysh Al-Islam again. All throughout the engagements, both sides accused the other, on social media, of treason which resulted in catastrophic losses to the Syrian Army. Jaysh Al-Islam was, however, conciliatory and offered Faylaq Al-Rahmaan the opportunity to rehabilitate itself by abandoning ISIS which, according to statements by JI brought “foreign elements into the battle to liberate Syria”.
As of this hour, we can confirm that, Faylaq Al-Rahmaan, has evacuated all its rodents from all positions in Al-Nishaabiyya due to the fact that JI has taken over all supply lines to the area in question. In other words, JI has threated to starve Faylaq Al-Rahmaan into submission.
As Saudi Arabia prepares its ill-advised assault on Hodeida in Yemen, that country’s remaining port capable of delivering much-needed supplies to the people, one can almost see the deadly hand of America patting Saudi Arabia on the back for cooperating in Syria and Iraq.
DER’AH: As Nusra/Alqaeda steps up to bat for Saudi Arabia by fighting ISIS, it is taking a drubbing from the Syrian Army. On Friday, April 28, 2017, Nusra lost 3 command-control centers to the SAA’s artillery corps and 2 heavy machine guns at Dam Road and Al-Karak.
In the harsh terrain of Al-Lijaat north of the provincial capital, the SAAF swooped down on scurrying vermin at Al-Hiraak and Al-Rujoom south of the village of Al-Wardaat destroying 5 vehicles, 1 pickup with 23mm cannon and 1 bulldozer. The number killed is unknown.
Today, May 1, 2017, Syrian Army rocket units pulverized Nusra/Alaqeda positions at Basr Al-Hareer, ‘Almaa, East Al-Ghaariyya and Jineen (in Al-Lijaat) destroying 4 vehicles, 6 lines of fortifications and killing over 15 rodents.
Der’ah City: 3 fortifications used to defend static machine gun positions were wiped out. My source also tells me that 2 important command-control units linked to MOK in Jordan were wiped out.
Al-Wa’er: 8 buses loaded with 400 rodents and their plague-carrying offspring left yesterdat, April 30, 2017, for Idlib to join other lucky terrorists. Those who left are the same who rejected amnesty and reconciliation. There were over 1000 former rodents who accepted amnesty and a return to a normal life. In the meantime, hundreds of former residents of the area have begun to return to their homes through the government-protected road that goes past the Engineers’ Roundabout.
NEWS AND COMMENT:
Sharmine sent me this Tweet in which she braces herself for the next wave of propaganda around targeted hospitals in Idlib and Hama:
Attorney for 35 years and Supreme Court Certified Interpreter for Arabic/English Diploma with Honors from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 1968; B.A. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor 1968-1972; M.A. University of Michigan Dept. of Near Eastern Studies 1972-1974; Ph.D. Cand. Univ. of Michigan 1972-1977; Then went to law school. Credits: Harvard University for classes in Islamic Philosophy; Fellowships from University of Pennsylvania 1976; 2 from Univ. of Michigan. Read English, Arabic, German, French, Farsi, some Hebrew. Studied Ancient Greek and Latin before grad school. Michigan Supreme Court Certified Interpreter/Translator for Arabic and English