المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

SOHR reveals | New exclusive information about 50 ISIS members identified by names, joining battles in Libya

Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that a battalion of “mercenaries” comprising some 50 members headed by a former security official of the Islamic State from eastern countryside of Homs, joined the fight in Libya with the “mercenaries”.

The former security official held a position in the province of Homs. And then he joined al-Nusra front after the collapse of ISIS group in the desert, and went to the areas of Turkish occupation in Afrin. Then he went to fight in Libya with 49 former fighters of the group at the beginning of this year as a mercenary. The Syrian Observatory has documented their names and full information about them.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had obtained new information about the commander of “Al-Sham Corps”, Mohammed Al-Bowaydani, who was arrested by “Haftar’s forces” in battles in Libya. Al-Bowaydani is from Al-Jilani alley in Bab Amr neighbourhood in Homs city.

Al-Bowaydani started his military career by joining Al-Farouq battalion in Bab Amr. After regime forces captured the neighbourhood, Al-Bowaydani moved to Al-Qalamoun, then he returned to Homs again through a battle under the name “Qademoun Ya Homs” (We Are Coming, Homs), which aimed at that time to capture the area from Sha’er to Homs old neighbourhoods.

After “Al-Sham Corps” had been established and the factions of the northern countryside of Homs had moved to northern Syria, Al-Bowaydani was appointed as the commander of artillery battalion in Al-Sham corps and participated later in “Olive Branch” operation in Afrin on the side of Turkish forces. In Afrin, he committed various violations including thefts, looting and imposing levies. SOHR sources say he is notorious.

Al-Bowaydani has been transported to Libya as a Turkish-backed mercenary, where he participated in military operations there on the side of the “Government of National Accord” against “Haftar’s forces”. He was arrested a few days ago with nearly 26 other members under his command, mostly from Homs, after being recruited and sent to Libya by Turkey.

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