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Arab Analyst: Terrorist Leaders in Syria Alarmed by Allouch’s Death

27 December 2015 15:18


Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, underlined that the death of Jeish al-Islam commander Zahran Allouch who was killed by a powerful airstrike in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside sent a strong message to other terrorist leaders.

“This powerful operation has this strong message for the Syrian dissidents and their leaders inside and outside the country that they might come to be targeted by similar operations in the future,” Atwan wrote on Sunday.

He said that the operations also revealed other points, including the lack of security for the armed militants in Syria and Jeish al-Islam as was seen in the operation that claimed the lives of 50 members of Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group near Aleppo last year.

According to Atwan, the operations was also a major blow at the recent meeting of the dissidents in Riyadh as well as Saudi Arabia, itself.

This precise strike which killed an important terrorist element in Syria also showed that the country has come out of its defense crouch and has started offensive operations against the enemies which is somehow the result of Russia’s military assistance to Damascus, he added.

Allouch was confirmed dead after the Syrian fighter jets conducted a powerful airstrike in Damascus countryside on Friday, killing the terrorist leader and several other militant commanders in the attack.

Sources disclosed on Saturday that Allouch was hunted as a result of an inside job.

“The Syrian Air Force Intelligence Unit was behind the attack which killed Zahran Allouch and several of his deputies,” the sources said.

“One of the intelligence officers that infiltrated Allouch’s network had revealed to the air force the precise location of the militant commanders’ meeting that took place in Eastern Ghouta, and this ultimately led to the death of Zahran Allouch and his comrades,” the sources said.

“This is not the first time that the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Unit has carried out a spying operation; however, this is by far one of their largest operations during this war,” the sources said.

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