The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Repercussions of Coalition decision | Protests continue near Al-Tanaf base, amid concerns about expected escalation in Al-Rukban camp

As a group of displaced people in Al-Rukban camp supports the International Coalition’s decision discharging the leader of Jaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra and appointing a new leader, at a time when another group opposes this decision, scores of displaced people have participated in protests staged near the military base in Al-Tanaf area. Meanwhile, there are concerns about potential escalation and riot which may evolve to clashes between supporters and opponents.


SOHR sources have confirmed that both sides are amassing civilians to stage new protests near Al-Tanaf base, after the protest which took place this morning nearby Al-Tanaf base, where protests expressed their support to the Coalition’s decision, according to which “Farid Hossam Al-Qassim” was appointed as the leader of Jaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra instead of Colonel “Muhanad Ahmed Al-Tallaa.” This protest came as a response to yesterday’s protest by tens of residents near Al-Tanaf base at Syria-Iraq-Jordan border triangle in the 55-kilometre zone, through which protestors expressed their rejection of the decision and called upon the command of the International Coalition in the base to appoint any other officer from Jaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra instead of “Farid Hossam Al-Qassim.”


On September 27, SOHR sources reported that an International Coalition warplane flew over Al-Tanaf base of US forces, at the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi border, breaking the sound barrier to disperse the protestors as they approached Al- Tanaf base, to protest against the appointment of the new commander of Jayish Maghaweer Al-Thawrah, in place of Colonel Muhannad Ahmad Al-Tallaa.


While on September 24, reliable sources informed SOHR that the US Central Command discharged the commander of Jaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra, Colonel “Muhanad Ahmed Al-Tallaa,” and appointed “Farid Hossam Al-Qassim” as successor to “Al-Tallaa.”


It is worth noting that Jaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra, which is affiliated to the “Syrian Free Army,” is stationed in the Coalition’s military base in Al-Tanaf in the 55-kilometre zone.


SOHR sources reported that Al-Tallaa headed to Iraq on a surprise visit, where he told the faction’s members that he was attempting to coordinate with the Iraqi government to open “Al-Zawriyah” crossing.


The recently-appointed commander of Jaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra, “Farid Hossam Al-Qassim,” was the leader of “Liwaa Al-Qaryatayn,” and he served in the “Special Forces” of the US-led International Coalition.


According to SOHR sources, the decision the appointment of “Farid Hossam Al-Qassim” as a successor to “Muhanad Ahmed Al-Tallaa” was rejected by some commanders in charge of military posts. Meanwhile, the faction summoned all members and raised security alertness at all posts around the 55-kilometre zone, before a meeting was held, where “Al-Qassim” and several commanders in the faction discussed the new decision.