What is going on in the Damascus Suburbs? Some of the most underreported and fiercest fighting has occurred in the suburbs of Damascus. Despite repeated attempts to dislodge them from the area, the Opposition has stubbornly held against Assad regime and Hezbollah advances. The opposition in the area is composed mainly of several FSA brigades and the Salafist Islamist (not to be confused with the Jihadist Al Nusra) Jaish Al Islam which is under the command of the enigmatic Zahran Alloush. It is important to note that Saudi Arabia is/was a main backer of Jaish Al Islam (roughly translated to Islam Army).
Several days ago this group launched a large Grad rocket strike against the Syrian capitol, firing at least 100 rockets, causing large amounts of damage. Jaish Al Islam claims to have been only targeting military areas, while the Assad Regime claims that it has targeted civilian areas. It does appear that this attack resulted in civilian casualties. It is important to note that the Assad regime has routinely conducted airstrikes and shelling of areas of places like Jobar and Duoma Syria where Jaish Al Islam is concentrated. These attacks have been horrific and often the videos and pictures from these zones are difficult to stomach.
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