Jaysh al-Islam agrees to dissolve itself to form national Syrian rebel army

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On the initiative of the Damascus Military Council, Jaysh al-Islam rebel group has announced its agreement to dissolve itself and to integrate into the Syrian opposition national army.

By agreeing the initiative, Jaysh al-Islam has all but dissolved itself as the proposal stipulates for the dissolution of the military formations in al-Ghouta, which is a stronghold of the rebel group that is a coalition of Islamist and Salafist units.

The goal of the initiative, according to sources close to the Damascus Military Council, is to form a nucleus for a unified opposition national army, in addition to dissolving all civil and service institutions.

The decision was by Hamza Birekdar, who confirmed that Jaysh al-Islam was ready to cooperate fully to the success of the proposal, which aims to end the fighting between the group and the Failaq Rahman and Hae’t Tahrir Sham rebel groups.

Jaysh al-Islam is one of the biggest rebel factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad in western Syria.

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