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Rifts Widening among Terrorist Groups in Eastern Aleppo

5 December 2016 11:00

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The terrorist groups have started accusing each other of committing treason after Syrian Army troops pushed them back from at least 60 percent of the Eastern districts in Aleppo city in recent days, local sources and militants’ social media pages said Sunday.

Terrorist-affiliated websites disclosed that Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Abu Amarah battalion have stormed the bases of Faylaq al-Sham and Jeish al-Islam in the Eastern districts of Aleppo city.

Rebel groups accuse each other of committing treason and starting ceasefire talks with the Damascus government, reports said.

Terrorist groups are still preventing civilians from leaving militant-held districts of Aleppo despite their public claims to the opposite.

Several militants fled the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city and surrendered to the Syrian army this morning. Two of the surrendered militants were transferred to the city hospitals to be treated there.

On Saturday, Abdullah Muhammad al-Muhaysini, the religious leader of the Jeish al-Fatah coalition of terrorist groups, acknowledged militants’ defeats and expressed surprise at the rapid advances made by the Syrian government forces in the Eastern districts of Aleppo city.

Al-Muhaysini underlined the widening rifts among commanders of the militant groups, and added, “Commanders are just justifying the root cause of the existing rifts, while these rifts among the militants pushed the (militant groups’) ‘Great Epic Operation’ in Aleppo into total failure and a major, crushing defeat.”

The Saudi Mufti (religious leader) termed as fruitless the start of any fresh offensive by the militants given the absence of unity and widening gaps among the militants, and regretted that unity is no more of any use after the almost complete fall of Aleppo to the army and the recent evacuation of all militants from Damascus.

The Syrian army units started special operations in Aleppo after several humanitarian pauses declared by Damascus and Moscow to give a chance to the civilian population as well as the militants to leave the Eastern parts of the city through 8 corridors.

District after district have fallen into the hands of the Syrian army soldiers and their allies in the city of Aleppo, as the pro-government troops have recaptured important blocks and districts in the Northern and Southern parts of Eastern Aleppo as well as Southern and Western parts of the war-ravaged city.

Also, tens of thousands of civilians, including hundreds of children and newborn babies, have also left the Eastern part of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in recent days, while hundreds of militants laid down their arms and left Eastern Aleppo through the special corridor.

Meanwhile, terrorist commanders stationed in the Eastern parts of Aleppo have threatened al-Muhaysini that they will be forced to give up fight and surrender the city to the army in the next two days if not rescued from outside as a number of terrorists have called for the Syrian government’s green buses to take them to other regions.

The Syrian army’s rapid advances in the Eastern districts of Aleppo has perplexed the terrorist groups and created chaos among them.

The Syrian government’s tapping of contacts and radio exchanges between the terrorists in and outside Aleppo showed that the militants who are stationed outside the city are asking their comrades to reconstruct their lines immediately to prevent any further collapse.

An informed source in Eastern Aleppo also said last Saturday that Fatah al-Sham Front was in dire conditions and trying to persuade civilians to join them to slow down the Syrian army’s devastating advances in the region.

Local sources in Eastern Aleppo have also reported that the terrorists have lost confidence in their commanders after their repeated unfulfilled promises on breaking the army’s siege and their morale has weakened after heavy defeats and sustaining abundant casualties and damages.

After continued defeats and nearly two months of insistence on remaining in the city and rejecting the army’s several chances to leave Eastern Aleppo with their weapons, terrorists are now facing the realities of war as their comrades’ massive attacks on the city to break the army’s several-month-long siege have all ended up in fiasco.

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