Earlier today, a foreign contingent belonging to Jaysh Al-Islam was attacked by the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard (Al-Harss Al-Jamhouri Al-Souri) at the Maysaloun Roundabout in the Jobar District. According to a military source, 18 fighters from Jaysh Al-Islam were killed by the 105th Brigade, including many North Africans and Saudis. The source further added that 75% of the Jobar District is now under the Syrian Army’s control.

Some of the identified militants killed in Jobar:

1. Fahd Al-Dousali (Tunisian)
2. Mohammad Al-Zaawi (Libyan)
3. Malik Al’-Abadi Al-Mansouri (Tunisian)
4. Bassam Banouss (Libyan)
5. ‘Abdel-Fatah ‘Ali Al-Ahmad (Saudi)
6. ‘Umar Sa’eed Al-‘Umar (Saudi)
7. Mohannad Nouraldeen Fayaz (Saudi)
8. Abu Nour Al-Meelhani (The Saudi leader of the group)

Hezbollah and members of the National Defense Forces (NDF) carried out a large ambush in the Qalamoun Mountains, killing over 55 militants and wounding another 2 dozen outside of the village of Faleeta. The majority of the militants belonged to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and Jabhat Al-Nusra – these insurgents were spotted during a reconnaissance mission by the Syrian Air Force. The attack was led by Hezbollah fighters operating on the border of Lebanon and Syria – no further detail was provided.

In the city of Harasta, the Syrian Arab Army targeted a militant gathering near the Air Force Intelligence building, killing 6 members of Jaysh Al-Islam; among the dead was the Saudi field commander, Bilal Al-‘Aamri. Opposition groups broke the Harasta ceasefire earlier this month after failing to adhere to the regulations set forth in the reconciliation attempt.

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Also in the East Ghouta, over 30 fighters from Jaysh Al-Islam were killed by the Syrian Air Force near a municipal bridge in the village of ‘Arbeen. The attack occured during a search and destroy mission by the Syrian Air Force. As of recently, the Syrian Air Force has intensified its airstrikes in the vicinity of Douma, Harasta, and ‘Arbeen.

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