Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Captures Jaysh al-Islam Cell Planning To Assassinate Its Commanders In Eastern Ghouta

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Captures Jaysh al-Islam Cell Planning To Assassinate Its Commanders In Eastern Ghouta

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On January 19, Security Office of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Eastern Ghouta captured a cell of Jaysh al-Islam that was planning to assassinate commanders of HTS, according the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a.

A security source of HTS told Iba’a that the cell commander confessed that they were planning to use remotely controlled magnetic IEDs to target the cars of several HTS commanders in Eastern Ghouta upon commands from “Abu Samir Atuan”, a security officer of Jaysh al-Islam.

Iba’a also revealed that a similar cell of Jaysh al-Islam was captured by HTS after they had tried to assassinate an HTS fighter in Saqba district east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, with an IED few weeks ago.

The tension between Jaysh al-Islam and HTS in Eastern Ghouta erupted in April 2017 when HTS and its ally, US-backed Faylaq al-Rahman, attacked several positions of Jaysh al-Islam in the northern part of the region.

During the clashes Jaysh al-Islam killed over 60 fighters of HTS and captured dozens others. Later on December 17, 2017 Syrian opposition activists revealed that Jaysh al-Islam executed 45 captives of HTS.

In response to the execution of its fighters, HTS launched a campaign against all Jaysh al-Islam supporters in its area which led to further tension between the two armed groups.

Observers believe that this high level of tension could lead to another armed conflict between Jaysh al-Islam and HTS in Eastern Ghouta soon.

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  • willyvandamme

    This is a war between Qatar and Saudi-Arabia.

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    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      John Kerry said in 2014 that Jaysh al Islam is a affiliate of HTS and ISIS , looks as if ISIS is being guided by another hand and not so much Qatar alone. This doesn’t look like a power struggle but an elimination of witnesses.

      • willyvandamme

        HTS, ISIS and Jaysh al islam are all salafist terror groups supported by the West in order to destroy Syria and Iraq. But some have Qatar as financiers and some SA with the west (UK, France, US) supporting them all. HTS is now Qatari financed while Jaysh al Islam is SA sponsored. Of course these gangs al also fight among themselves over the spoils of war.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Problem is Qatar hasn’t had any control on HTS for some time, when the split happen it was more about the Saudi and UAE assuming more control. Many are in fact just Al Qaeda and as typical with all gangs they fight for money and control as is in the political world like you said all gangs fight over is spoils.

  • Jason Sixx

    Goodnews