Members of Jaish al-Islam takes a selfie with a mobile phone in the town of Soussian in Aleppo countryside, Syria September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Jaish al-Islam 'reorganizing and rearming'Syrian rebels forced from their towns when government forces retook eastern Ghouta near Damascus are starting over in the far north, aiming to build hundreds of homes for displaced fighters and civilians on opposition-held land near the Turkish border. Jaish al-Islam, one of Syria's most prominent rebel groups, likens the project to a new town for people from eastern Ghouta who have been living in camps since President Bashar Assad recaptured their area in April.Buwaydani says his fighters are getting financial aid from Turkey in the form of salaries. He said the group is ready for new battles against the Syrian government or other enemies, including the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that controls much of northern Syria. Though Assad has crushed many areas of rebellion, Buwaydani still believes he can be toppled.
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