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Hundreds Of Jaysh Al-Izza Defectors Join Turkish-Backed Group – Reports

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Hundreds Of Jaysh Al-Izza Defectors Join Turkish-Backed Group – Reports

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Hundreds of militants, who defected from so-called Jaysh al-Izza earlier this year, have joined the Turkish-backed Sham Legion.

Last October, more than 500 militants representing Jaysh al-Izza’s Central Force, the al-Hamza Brigade, the Ahrar al-Izza Brigade, the 1st Infantry Brigade, the Hazano’s Martyrs Battalion, the al-Atarib Battalion, the Murak Hawks Brigades, the Special Forces Battalion, the Anti-Armor Company and the artillery Company defected from the group.

Many commanders also defected from Jaysh al-Izza, including the group’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Cpt. Manaf Maarati, and official spokesman, Cpt. Mustafa Maarati.

The defectors announced in a statement released on December 14 that they have formed a new group, named the 5th Division, and joined the ranks of the Sham Legion.

The Sham Legion is a key member of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL). The Coalition is the only force operating in Greater Idlib, as well as in the Turkish-occupied region of northern Syria in the same time.

“We have joined the ranks of the al-Sham Legion, of the National Front for Liberation, to achieve the goals of our revolution, by overthrowing the regime and reaching freedom and justice,” the defector’s statement reads.

While the defectors attempted to present their decision as a national one, the reality suggests otherwise. The defection of these unit from Jaysh al-Izza was likely a direct result of the brutal defeat the group suffered from on the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last August.

The SAA inflicted heavy losses on Jaysh al-Izza, neutralizing most of the group’s assets and capturing all of its strongholds in northern Hama.

Beside financial reasons, the defection of these militants may have been encouraged by the growing radical influence within Jaysh al-Izza. The group’s Commander-in-Chief Maj. Jamil al-Saleh had allied himself to al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and reportedly rejected to join the NFL.

The defection of these large units left Jaysh al-Izza with nothing more than small units, fighting among the terrorists of HTS in southern Idlib.

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  • Jens Holm

    More and more like a flee market of lef tovers, where many for good reasons seemes to be traumatized as well.

    In kitchens the chef and the cooks name it as sauce reduction.

    • Furkan Sahin

      are you live in Denmark ?

      • xTheWarrior22

        Yes he does.

        • Furkan Sahin

          ok support him Assad ?

          • xTheWarrior22

            No, he supports the Kurds.

  • Hornet24

    They are not renaming this time? Its called “defect and join” now?

    They are still same terrorists as before – only benefit is they take salary from Turkey and looting is as benefit (not main source of income as before)

  • Azriel Herskowitz

    Glad to see more moderate rebel groups unite in the cause of defeating the evil Assad regime.

    • Furkan Sahin

      Long live Assad

    • xTheWarrior22

      Ahaha are you Jacob Wohl’s 5th account?

      • PZIVJ

        Notice how Jacob replied to Azriel after you posted this.
        In order to cover up that they are the same person. LOL

        • xTheWarrior22

          He replied to me after I posted this news on Liveuamap. I mean when it’s not him, why does he even reply? xD

    • xTheWarrior22

      Lol do you remember you often these groups have united or changed their names? It changed NOTHING.

    • Jacob Wohl

      Agreed. It’s always good to see that people are woke on here, and not all just a bunch of antisemitic pro-Assad, pro-Russkie, pro Mullah Regime fanatics.

      • PZIVJ

        Jacob, you look rather unhappy.
        Is it because of the pending court date for securities fraud in Riverside? :)

        • xTheWarrior22

          He looks unhappy, because some of his Jihadi buddies died.

      • xTheWarrior22

        Lol I have to imagine you having multiple tabs open and talking from your 1st account to your 4th haha.

    • Willing Conscience (The Truths

      This is what Erdogan does when he’s in trouble, he pays people to pretend to be Jewish Zionists, but in reality this guys name is probably Mustafa, he probably lives somewhere in Turkey, and he also probably has a wife and 5 children to provide for, but sadly his wife and children are going to go hungry, and that’s because he’s not very good at his job.
      The Israelis have been saying since June last year Assad can remain in power and haven’t changed their rhetoric since then, and since June last year they’ve also been saying the Turks should get out of Syria altogether, and they’ve been saying it a lot more loudly just lately.
      Mmm, very suspicious comments by all these pretend Jewish Zionists, are they just trying to kill 2 birds with the one stone, mmm, maybe, Israel and Assad, Erdogan’s 2 biggest enemies, mmm.
      It’s very suspicious the pretend Jews posting on SF lately never criticise Turkey or Erdogan, especially since Israel and Erdogan have become such mortal enemies lately, I would’ve thought any Jewish Zionist posting in SF would be criticising Erdogan too, not just Assad, but no, all we get from the pretend Zionists is, Assad’s evil, the opposition are good, and Erdogan isn’t the problem, and very suspiciously, that’s exactly the same thing Erdogan says.
      Go make your lira the honest way, listen to your conscience you heathen, stop trying to fool us, you can’t, you’re just not smart enough so just give up.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    “We have joined the ranks of the al-Sham Legion, of the National Front for Liberation, to achieve the goals of our revolution, by overthrowing the regime and reaching freedom and justice,” the defector’s statement reads.”

    But the constitutional committee is supposed to be working on a political development to avoid the fighting in Idlib, what the hell is Assad talking to them for if the people they’re representing are refusing to negotiate, it all seems pointless, so just blow them all up, the terrorists, the opposition, and the Turkish backed committee members.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      i agree, they need to be all blown up by SAA

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    the same exact thing is gonna happen to u jaysh al izza, SAA will deal severe blows to ur new group again like they did last august, its gonna suck lol