The recent deal between ISIS and the moderate Syrian groups casts doubt over President Barack Obama’s freshly announced strategy to arm and train the groups against ISIS.
While America begins to deepen its ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State extremist group, also known as ISIS, a key component of its coalition appears to have struck a non-aggression pact with the group.
Jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed to a ceasefire with Syrian rebels in a suburb of the capital Damascus.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS and moderate and Islamist rebels agreed on the ceasefire in Hajar al-Aswad, south of the capital.
Under the deal, “the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime.”
It comes as it was revealed that ISIS had seen revenues from black-market oil sales plummet – after key engineers fled from oil fields captured by the terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
More than 180,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the uprising against Assad that began in March 2011.
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