A video recently released by ISIS revealed information about the physical and military training of its members in its locations in the southern part of the Damascus countryside.
The media office of the "Mandate of Damascus," that follows ISIS, released a video that showed a number of masked fighters receiving their training inside what seemed to be a deserted school. The organization said that the video showed the graduation of a group of fighters in the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad area in the Damascus suburbs.
The video showed a number of fighters training to use personal weapons, in addition to physical training like intruding into buildings and jumping. The footage showed that this was part of special forces training to prepare for guerrilla warfare.
Tarek Namora, a media activist from the Damascus countryside, told Ara News: "According to the footage, ISIS is training in reaching new places and before the regime's eyes." He accused the regime of "Turning a blind eye to ISIS, while daily attacking the opposition locations in East Ghouta."
Namora added, "For its part, ISIS has only launched small operations against the regime forces in the Damascus countryside, Homs and the other hot areas, but it has repeatedly attacked all the factions of the Syrian opposition."
ISIS controls Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in the south of Damascus, and it controls the southern parts of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and parts of Al-Kadam, Al-Asali and Al-Tadamon.
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