Director of Syrian Observatory: ISIS members are fighting among ranks of Turkish “Peace spring”

North-Press Agency

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul Rahman stated that they have documented with absolute evidence that at least eight members of the terrorist group of Islamic State (ISIS) are involved with Turkey's backed Syrian National Army, an umbrella of several Islamist militias, who are currently fighting in the so-called Turkish Peace Spring Operation.

In a special statement to North-Press, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stressed that the observatory "has documented the presence of at least eight elements of the Islamic State fighting alongside al-Hamzat and Ahrar al-Sharqiya, as they were identified by citizens of al-Qalamoun and Eastern Ghouta. There are some information that hundreds of ISIS militants are among the ranks of Turkey-backed National Army, but we have only confirmed at least eight cases.”

Rami Abdul Rahman, mentioned his center’s documentation earlier of another leader of ISIS within al-Hamzat armed militia, where he is fighting with the National Army in northeastern Syria in the so-called Peace Spring Operation.

He confirmed that by saying: "In addition to what we have previously published, we have also published with conclusive evidence the presence of a former ISIS leader in the ranks of al-Hamzat. This brings the number of these members to 9, of Syrian leaders and security forces within the pro-Turkey groups under the so-called National Army."

Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, criticized the silence of the international community in general and the United States in particular. He pointed out that all countries are convinced that the Islamic State militants are among the ranks of the so-called National Army groups, however, they consider them former members, which he considered that being former members does not exempt them from being militants of an organization designated as terrorist.