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Russia Suspended Salaries Of Daraa Ex-Rebels Who Refused To Fight ISIS In Central Syria

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Russia Suspended Salaries Of Daraa Ex-Rebels Who Refused To Fight ISIS In Central Syria

Screen grab from a video by RT showing Russian troops in Busra, the stronghold of the 8th Brigade.

Russia has suspended the salaries of former rebels in the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa because they refused to step up their efforts against ISIS in the country’s central region, Syrian sources revealed on May 30.

Daraa’s former rebels joined the fight against ISIS in central Syria in February under the banner of the 8th Brigade, a unit of the army’s 5th Corps that was established especially for them following the 2018 reconciliation agreement in southern Syria.

According to the Horan Free League, Russia suspended the salaries of all 8th Brigade fighters because their command refused to send more reinforcements to the central region.

“The Brigade commander Ahmed al-Awda refused the request of the Russian forces to establish a camp and set points for them in the desert, after completing a combing operation against ISIS,” a source in the Brigade told the local news blog.

In April, the 8th Brigade faced a major backlash from Syrian opposition supporters after sending reinforcements to the central region. Many in the opposition don’t see the battle against ISIS as theirs.

Russia has been paying the salaries of 8th Brigade fighters since its establishment in order to support the reconciliation process in southern Syria.

The brigade fighters fought ISIS before. In 2018, they neutralized the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in western Daraa. Later in the same year, they helped drive ISIS cells out from northern al-Suwayda.

The 8th Brigade’s decision to quite the fight against ISIS in central Syria was likely the result of pressure by radical opposition supports, who do not see any threat in ISIS. The Russian move will likely force the brigade’s commander to reconsider his decision.


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Daraa is a serious problem for Syrian government, it was never truly pacified. “Rebels”/terrorists gained amnesty and formally joined SAA (actually, they joined russian and iranian formations). But as we can see they are nothing but mercs. Entire province is full of bandits and terrorist supporters. It was a mistake to give them amnesty in the first place.

jens holm

A very biased version. Those are given no won choise and forced to. By joining Russia/Assads they are mercenairies too.

You really dont get it. They prefare none of those and fight, when they are not ledt alone. Assads has nothing toi offer them as well. NOTHING.

Your vesion for what Bandits and Terrorist supporters is a result of decades of total mismanegements by Assads. Their only destiny is to stay alive no matter what, so what You and I might see as crime is a result, so they survieve or try too. Druses are dvided in the same way. They have normal people but also small hard head criminals.

You also seemes to ignore the many, which left by the Chinese busses. Those are not gone but fight against Assad, are in UN camps or has left the country.

So You should add sme of them and see there are not 1000s of criminal terrorists but all kinds of oppostion, where all dont like Assads – even paid by him or rubels.

jens holm

Fake again. You seems like You have no jop and too much time. You are welfare queeen. You have nothing to doi but steelaing usernames and write biased versions agasint hero assads. I am Dcoctor, I recommend You following treatzment: Zyklon P

jens holm

Fake 100%.

Jens Holm

You are the fake jens , jens. Going by the smell


I believe it’s only a short while it will take before they change their minds, when the salary stops coming.

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