Jaish al-Islam (Participant Of Astana Peace Talks) Joins Hayat Tahrir al-Sham & Co In Advance Against Government Forces In Eastern Damascus

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Government battle tanks deployed to the area. Source: @QalaatAlMudiq/Twitter

Government battle tanks deployed to the area. Source: @QalaatAlMudiq/Twitter

Mohammed Aloush, a political leader of Jaish al-Islam, announced on March 21 that the group joined so-called opposition forces in the ongoing clashes against Syrian government forces in the Qabun industrial area in eastern Damascus.

Thus, Jaish al-Islam forces joined (a coalition of militant groups led by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) and Faylaq al-Rahman in their attempt to seize the Qabun industrial area and to link up the militant-held part of Qabun with the militant-held area in the Eastern Ghouta region.

Jaish al-Islam is the biggest ‘opposition’ group which has joined the so-called Astana peace talks brokered by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran and is described by Russa as a moderate opposition group. Mohammed Aloush has participated in the Astana format as a representative of the ‘moderate opposition’.

However, this has not prevented Jaish al-Islam from uniting with terrorists in their attempt to seize more areast in the countryside of the Syrian capital.

Ahrar al-Sham militants are in the Qabun industrial area:

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  • Trustin Judeau

    Russia should understand that neither JAI nor AAS are moderates.

    • Attrition47

      Astana is to show how moderate the Syrians and the Russians are, not the US head-chopping, heart-eating rapers.

    • Dejan

      Russia should quit Astana talks in ghouta region bcs only strong groups in that areas are terrorists, even USA considers HTS as terrorist group

    • VGA

      All these negotiating attempts are just to show that there is some diplomatic effort. Meanwhile the military operations are continuing on some of the fronts. So it’s mostly a smokescreen, I don’t think they legitimately thought they would strike a deal with these islamists.

      They are using it to deescalate the situation on some fronts while attacking others. So the SAA+allies don’t overextend and the battered syrian airforce can contribute to specific fronts.