ISIS forces on the verge of entering new town in southern Damascus
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) is on the verge of entering the southern Damascus town of Yalda after their latest advance inside the key city of Hajar al-Aswad.

ISIS scored a big advance on Friday, when their forces managed to breakthrough Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
’s last line of defense along al-Zein Street in the Taqadam District of Hajar al-Aswad.

As a result of this advance, the Islamic State now controls almost all of Hajar al-Aswad, including the entire Taqadam District that is located at the western axis of rebel-held Yalda.

Making matters worse for the Salafist tough guys, ISIS has recently advanced inside the Yarmouk Camp, forcing Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
, Jaish al-Islam, and the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) to retreat to the northern part of the district.

Posted by: Fred 2018-01-27