Part 1 of this article focused on the death of Zahran Alloush, commander of the Jaish al-Islam group in the Damascus suburbs, and his organization’s laundry list of crimes against the Syrian people, as well as his long-standing connections to Saudi Arabia. Part 2 below highlights the implications of his death, among other recent developments, and how it will translate on the battlefield.
The assassination of Zahran Alloush, commander of the Jaish al-Islam Salafist group, has led to a major change on the ground in Syria. Seemingly everywhere one looks, the Syrian Arab Army is on the offensive, moving to reclaim towns and cities it had once conceded to the rebel-terrorist alliance fighting against the Syrian Government. Even the most hardened anti-Assad crusader must admit that the situation of the rebel-terrorists today is much worse than it was four months ago when the Russian engagement in Syria first began.
Indeed, Alloush’s death is not the only one that has had a tangible impact on the ground. Just weeks after the targeted assassination of Alloush and a number of other high-ranking commanders of the Jaish al-Islam organization, one of the leaders of the equally criminal Ahrar al-Sham was assassinated in Homs province. With his death, Ahrar al-Sham has also been reeling, desperately trying to cling to territory in the face of a long expected counter-offensive by the Syrian army in tandem with air strikes from its Russian allies.
These developments have contributed in no small part to the significant political shift from the US and its western allies who have, for all intents and purposes, dropped the “Assad must go” precondition for negotiations. It should be noted that this move owes directly to the significant assaults upon what must be regarded as Saudi-Qatari proxies in the Syrian war, specifically Jaish al-Islam and Jaish-al Fatah (of which Ahrar al-Sham is a member). Only because of the significant tactical victories against these gulf proxies is there now a real opportunity for a resolution to the war in Syria.