27 Jun '18, 3pm

Jihadists try to rally opposition in southern Syria

Jihadist groups in Syria are attempting to rally insurgents against an offensive launched by the Assad regime, Russia and their allies in the southwest part of the country. Syrian and Russian warplanes have been pounding locations inside the city of Daraa, as well as areas in the surrounding countryside, for more than a week. Daraa province is located near the border with Jordan and the Golan Heights. Jihadist organizations, including Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS) and the “Guardians of Religion ,” are calling on all insurgents to join forces against the onslaught. The jihadists’ insurgency has stalled over the last year or more, with leadership rivalries, infighting and doctrinal differences fracturing their formerly potent coalition. They likely hope to jumpstart the anti-Assad coalition, which has struggled to win any meaningful battles of late. On June 24, via its Ebaa Ne...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/06/jihadists...

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