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ISIS Faces Challenges via Faking Defection, Fleeing to Europe | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Boys play on a wrecked car in Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria April 1, 2017. Picture taken April 1, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Beirut – ISIS is still in a quest of plans to face the ongoing challenges and to find an alternative to its collapsing “state.” Several sources reported that the extremist group has moved on in a plan by which some of its members faked defecting from the group to join other factions such as Tahrir al-Sham and Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Also, news spread on dozens of members heading towards Europe.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Director Rami Abdulrahman told Asharq Al-Awsat that most of those who announced defection were former personnel in the civil administrations affiliated to ISIS and were not fighters.

Abu Mohammed Alrquaoui, an activist in “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” Campaign, clarified that the greatest number of the defected is of locals and not foreign members – he warned of their danger given that lately the frequency of assassinations and bomb-laced vehicles increased.

Faking defection is not the only plan ISIS is using to endure the consecutive strikes, whether in Syria or in Iraq, as revealed by member of Furat Post campaign Ahmad Ramadan. He saw that as a result of the increased pressure on ISIS, some members are defecting for real while others are faking it.

He added, “We witnessed the fleeing of dozens to Europe – this process will continue as long as funds exist and we all know that ISIS has enormous financial capabilities and can, subsequently, bypass the measures applied in European countries.”

He concluded that their purpose of heading there is not restricted to conducting security operations but exceeds to attempts to spread the group intellect, mobilize individuals and urge them to head towards battle fronts, in Syria and Iraq.