The London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted sources as saying on Wednesday that Jeish al-Islam has resumed rebuilding its military bases in Northern Syria and recruiting members.
It added that Jeish al-Islam has bought a number of new types of weapons, equipment and ammunition from a militant group affiliated to Turkey in al-Bab region in Northeastern Aleppo.
Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that Jeish al-Islam commander Osam al-Bawizani and his deputy Ali al-Husseini have recently traveled to Turkey to meet with a number of Turkish officials in the Southern parts of the country, raising the possibility that the terrorist group aims to purchase more weapons and military equipment.
It added that Jeish al-Islam depended on Saudi Arabia while being deployed in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus but they are now supported by Turkey since leaving the region and being deployed in regions occupied by the militants affiliated to the Turkish army.
The SOHR had also reported last month that Jeish al-Islam terrorist group had deployed its fighters at contact lines with the Syrian Army in Eastern Aleppo after coordination with Turkey-backed militants.
SOHR said that Jeish al-Islam had started deploying militants in more than ten contact points with the Syrian Army in Tadif in Northeastern Aleppo after coordination with Ankara-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh.
It further said that Jeish al-Islam set up a large base in the town of Afrin after retreating from Eastern Ghouta, adding Jeish al-Islam stationed its fighters in Afrin base.
SOHR said that Jeish al-Islam has also set up several bases in Aleppo province.
In the meantime, the Syrian Army dispatched more troops and equipment to the contact lines with Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in a large region from Jam’iyat al-Zahra and al-Lairamoun industrial zone up to the small town of Kafr Hamra in Northwestern Aleppo and from al-Malah farms to the small towns of Haraytan, Hayan, Anadan and Bayanoun in Northern Aleppo.
Also, the army has forwarded a large number of forces and military hardware to contact lines with Ankara-backed terrorists known as the Olive Branch Forces in Aleppo province.