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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – In a statement issued on Wednesday, the rebel Brigade of the Yarmouk Martyrs (part of the Army of Islam force) in southern Syria announced allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).
“After we expelled the al-Nusra Front (Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the town of Saham al-Jawlan, we of the Yarmouk Martyrs are determined to advance towards the town of Hait to go after them,” the brigade’s statement read.
The brigade announced that the areas extending from Hiran highway to Beriqa in Quneitra province as a military zone, vowing to target any group in the area.
Conversely, speaking to ARA News, a fighter from the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham said (under the condition of anonymity) that the movement will take action and fight against the Yarmouk brigade after it pledged allegiance to the IS, considering the brigade “has betrayed the rebellion”.
“We will also defend al-Nusra Front against any attacks. The Front’s rebels have been fighting side by side with our fighters against Assad force and IS militants,” he said.
The clashes took place between members of the Yarmouk Martyrs brigade and militants of the al-Nusra Front on Wednesday morning in Saham al-Jawlan area in the western countryside of Daraa adjacent to Quneitra, causing casualties on both sides, local activists told ARA News.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News