Al-Nusra (VF) Fighting In Deraa, Ad-Dawlah (IS) In Raqqa, Army Of Islam (AI) In Damascus
17 September 2014
By Markaz Kavkaz
The situation in Syria is becoming increasingly complicated.
After Ad Dawla al-Islamiyya/Islamic State (IS) units established its control
over Deir ez-Zor, clashes took place here between Assadites and IS.
Skirmishes between IS units and Assadites also began in Raqqa, more precisely a
few kilometers from the city, which is considered the main center of the IS.
Artillery and mortar shellings were conducted in the area occupied by the 17th
military base of Assad troops.
Assadites’ artillery shelled the area of Jisr Tishreen.
Clashes also took place in the town of al-Bukamal on the border with Iraq, which
was captured by IS a few weeks ago. Sources report that the local armed groups
clashed with IS units. Details are unknown.
Meanwhile, units of Jabhat an-Nusra/Victory Front (VF) attacked formations of
the al-Jaish as-Suri al-?urr/Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the city of Deraa. A FSA
base in Haramen was stormed. Many FSA fighters are reportedly killed during the
storming. Their commander Shafur al-Sharif was captured together with a large
group of his supporters.
VF units also attacked FSA in the city of Idlib, where al-Qaeda in Syria
announced a Sharia rule.
Earlier on July 20, units of Ahrar ash-Sham/Free Men of the Levant (FML), which
is a part of the Jabhat al-Islamiyya/Islamic Front (IF) clashed with the
formations of Harakat Hazm/Steadfast Movement (SM) in the town of Bab al-Hawa,
near the border with Turkey and drove them out of it. SM is formally included in
the FSA and financed by Amirica.
Meanwhile, fightings intensified in Damascus and its suburbs. After the units of
Jaish al-Islam/Army of Islam (AI) finally knocked out IS units from Eastern
Ghouta, fighting moved to the southern parts of the Damascus region.
Here IS was also defeated by AI. IS units were knocked out of a number of
settlements south of Damascus. The confrontation continues in this direction.
Earlier, VF took under its protection IS groups in southern Damascus.
Thereafter, the relationship between AI and VF worsened. On July 22, units of AI
carried out raids on the residences of the members of VF. There were no reports
of any casualties.
AI conducts combat operations directly in the Syrian capital against Assadites.
Its units are very close to the Abasid Square in Damascus.
Advanced units are fighting 2 kilometers from the Umayyad Mosque. Several times,
they were able to shell the parliament and the presidential palace of the Assad
regime with mortars. The fiercest battles are taking place in the metropolitan
area of Jobar.