ISIS recruits dozens of pro-Assad soldiers in Deir ez-Zor

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Islamic State commanders train new jihadi recruits. File photo

ARA News

HASAKAH – Dozens of Syrian soldiers who have recently deserted pro-Assad troops have joined the ranks of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, activists reported.

The ISIS military leadership in Deir ez-Zor released a list that included names of former pro-Assad soldiers who defected to join “their jihadi brothers” in the fight against “enemies of Allah”. 

“They are currently receiving a Sharia training in Deir ez-Zor after deserting the Nusairi army,” a statement by ISIS leadership in Deir ez-Zor said, using another acronym for the mostly Alawite pro-Assad army. 

Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, medi activist Fahed Abdullah reported that more than 50 soldiers have recently deserted the Syrian army in the eastern province. 

“ISIS militants have arrested those soldiers before they join any rebel groups. They were obliged to join a Sharia training in the ISIS camp in Deir ez-Zor suburb,” Abdullah reported.

“The militant group has released their names to the public in order to put them in danger of prosecution by the Assad regime if they try to leave the province.” 

“After 40 days of training in the Sharia camp, some of the soldiers will be sent to the fighting fronts and others will be used in suicide attacks,” Abdullah said, quoting an ISIS official in Deir ez-Zor. 

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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