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Jaysh al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale Of US Strike, Expresses His Disappointment

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Jaysh al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale Of US Strike, Expresses His Disappointment

HTS fighters in the northern Homs countryside pocket, Illustrative image

On April 14, the political leader of Jaysh al-Islam Mohamad Alloush expressed his disappointment with the US-UK-France strike that targeted Syria earlier and told Reuters news agency that the strike “was not enough”. Alloush also hinted that the US should have overthrown the Damascus government in response to the alleged chemical attack in the Duma district.

“As long as this regime and its security agencies exist, the chemical (attacks) will continue because there is safety from the consequences that would end it … (Assad) is portraying what happened as a victory,” Alloush told Reuters.

Earlier, Alloush described the strike as “a farce” on his official Twitter account. These statements of Jaysh al-Islam leader indicate that he was hoping for a game-changing strike. Jaish al-Islam’s political leader is desperate after a rapid defeat of his armed group in the Eastern Ghouta region.

Local observers said that that most militants, including elements of radical groups like Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), also expressed their disappointment with the strike on social media. The HTS-linked Iba’a agency even mocked the strike and said that “a political disagreement” had been the real motive behind it.

A misinformation campaign led by the meanstream media suggested, during the last week, that the US and its allies will destroy most of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and would even strike the Iranian and Russian positions in Syria. These baseless claims raised hopes among militants in Syria, according to local observers. Such media reprots and especially actions by the US-led block are leading to more bloodshed in the war-torn country.

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