Another Syrian rebel group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, the terror group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
The 1,000-member Dawud Brigade, based in the town of Sarmin, located in Syria’s Idlib province, has thrown its weight behind the Islamic State. The entire rebel brigade had reportedly arrived Sunday in Raqqa, the city that the Islamic State has turned into its main Syria headquarters.
The defected Dawud Brigade Islamist opposition force claimed to have brought with them a convoy of over 100 vehicles, including 10 tanks, adding firepower to the Islamic State’s expanding arsenal of modern armaments.
On orders from the Islamic State, the Dawud Brigade troops said they were planning on heading to Aleppo to confront President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Armed Forces.
On Tuesday, Breitbart News reported that several factions within the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which U.S. officials deemed a “moderate” opposition force, had defected and decided to join the radical jihadi Islamic State terror group. The United States has reportedly armed and supplied the FSA through back-channels in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Despite the Islamic State’s rapid gains throughout Syria, a recent opinion poll published Wednesday displayed that only four percent of Syrians believe that the terror group, led by self-anointed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, represented their interests. The survey, which was conducted by British polling group Opinion Research Business, found that one in three Syrians continued to support Bashar al-Assad’s presidency.