“The hideout of Jeish al-Islam’s new commander Essam al-Boudani, also known as Abu Hamam, in Hajjariyeh in Douma was stormed by the Syrian soldiers,” military sources said Saturday afternoon.
“The army was informed by the intelligence sources about al-Boudani’s hideout this morning,” the sources added.
“Scores of the guards of the new commander were killed or wounded in the attack,” they said.
“The terrorist group’s headquarter has been completely destroyed,” the sources said.
The source said that the fate of al-Boudani himself remains unconfirmed.
On Friday, the notorious commander of Jeish al-Islam, Zahran Allouch was confirmed dead after the Syrian fighter jets conducted a powerful airstrike in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside, killing the terrorist leader and several other militant commanders in the attack.
A few hours after the killing of Allouch, Jeish al-Islam commanders held an emergency meeting to elect a new leader, where from among the 12 Jeish al-Islam deputy commanders and Allouch’s aides, al-Boudani was appointed for the post.
Both Allouch and al-Boudani are originally from Douma city.
Douma is the most important stronghold of the terrorist group across the country.
Earlier today, sources disclosed that Allouch was hunted as a result of an inside job.
“The Syrian Air Force Intelligence Unit was behind the attack which killed Zahran Allouch and several of his deputies,” the sources said.
“One of the intelligence officers that infiltrated Allouch’s network had revealed to the air force the precise location of the militant commanders’ meeting that took place in Eastern Ghouta, and this ultimately led to the death of Zahran Allouch and his comrades,” the sources said.
“This is not the first time that the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Unit has carried out a spying operation; however, this is by far one of their largest operations during this war,” the sources said.
Army Spokesman Ali Mayhoub confirmed on Saturday that Allouch and a number of other commanders of Jeish al-Islam and other terrorist groups, including Al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham, were killed in a special operation conducted by the Syrian air force on terrorists’ military positions in Eastern Ghouta.
Allouch was killed when the Syrian fighter jets fired eight rockets at the terrorist group’s command center in Al-Marj region of Eastern Ghouta, he said.
Reports also said today that the Syrian army engaged intensified clashes with the Takfiri militants in Damascus province after killing Allouch near the capital.
The clashes erupted in the vicinity of al-Marj area in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside, and left a group of militants killed and injured, sources said.
Senior members of Ahrar Sham’s Shura (consultative) Council sent their condolences on the death of Allouch, who was known as the most formidable sworn enemy of President Assad across Southern Syria, as his elimination strikes a lethal blow at Jeish al-Islam and other militant groups in Syria.
Allouch was notorious for his vast ethnic cleansing of Shiites in Syria.
Allouch’s death will likely exacerbate terrorists’ military problems in Southern Syria, specially in Damascus province.
Hamza Bayrakdar, Spokesman of Jeish al-Islam, and Abdel Nasser Shamir, commander of Al-Rahman terrorist group were also killed in the airstrike in Eastern Ghouta.
Jeish al-Islam is one of the largest terrorist groups in Southern Syria and the biggest one in Eastern Ghouta.
Jeish al-Islam is a Saudi-backed Takfiri terrorist group affiliated to the Islamic Front a conglomerate of tens of terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government.