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Jad Yateem

Aleppo free of ISIS control,
rebel commander says

ISIS members retreated to Al-Inzarat on the northeastern outskirts of the city.

Aleppo fighting. (AFP/Mohammed al-Wesam/AMC)

BEIRUT - The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has lost control over opposition-held areas of Aleppo amid the fierce battles raging in northern Syria between rebels and fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked group.

 

“Free Aleppo is now under the complete control of the Free Syrian Army,” a commander in the Syria Revolutionaries Front told NOW on Wednesday.

 

“One can now roam freely in the free part of Aleppo without coming across any fighter or headquarter belonging to ISIS.”

 

He also said that ISIS members retreated to Al-Inzarat on the northeastern outskirts of the city, adding that “around 300 people detained by ISIS” had been freed.

 

“ISIS fighters took away with them a number of hostages from the Children's Hospital while retreating,” he however added.

 

“We still don’t know if that happened because of the presence of foreigners among [the hostages].”

 

The Syrian Revolutionaries Front, Army of the Mujahideen and other rebels have been battling ISIS since Friday in Aleppo and Idlib.

 

The fighting has since spread to Raqqa, where ISIS fighters have been besieged by rebels.

 

The campaign began as civilian protesters took to the streets on Friday to condemn ISIS' torturing and killing of Hussein al-Sleiman, an Aleppo-area doctor also known as Abu Rayan.

 

On Tuesday night, an ISIS spokesperson warned in an audio message that his Al-Qaeda-linked group considers the Free Syrian Army to be “legitimate targets” and vowed to crush rebels battling ISIS.

Rebel fighters deployed in Aleppo on Tuesday. (AFP/Aleppo Media Center/Mohammed al-Wesam)

One can now roam freely in the free part of Aleppo without coming across any fighter or headquarter belonging to ISIS.

  • ThePirate

    Redit and Termit, you guys are nuts. There was no massacre in Adra. All photos and videos were from other times and places. A completely made up story by the assad regime. I guess you all support the ASSAD regime as ISIS does. And ISIS is out of Alleppo. You both live in a fantasy world.

    January 8, 2014

  • redt

    BREAKING: FSA terrorists bombs civilian area in Homs, killing at least 12 children and 5 women, activist said. Another massacer, where is Rahman?

    January 8, 2014

  • redt

    BREAKING: Syrian army targeted FSA thugs HQ in Dara, killing 38 rebels including two generals, activist said.

    January 8, 2014

  • redt

    BREAKING: Aleppo stil in ISIS hands, activist confirmed.

    January 8, 2014

  • termit

    BREAKING: Syrian army advance to eastern allepo after ISIS withraw to fight in north.

    January 8, 2014

  • termit

    Lol. ISIS retreat to fight in northen syria according ultimatum. No FSA but Islamic front (that doing genocide in adra, where massacred over 90 civilians) took control of another terrorist HQ. This fight inter one terrorist and other terrorist is good news for syrian people. Now Syrian army has open road to liberate all Aleppo.

    January 8, 2014