The so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) has launched a large-scale offensive inside Damascus’ western countryside after months of inactivity in the Qalamoun Mountains.
On Wednesday morning, ISIS struck several sites that were under the control of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) inside the imperative border-village of Jaroud Jarajeer in western Damascus, seizing several military posts in the process, while their former allies fled south in order to evade the swarming terrorists.
Over the last 48 hours, ISIS has expanded their presence across large parts of the Qalamoun Mountains, capturing the Jaroud Jarajeer border-crossing into Lebanon, as Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies struggle hold the remaining ground under their control.
Meanwhile, along the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains, ISIS has continued their powerful assault on the Brigade 128 base, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the western gates in order weaken their defenses around this military installation in a desolate part of western Damascus.
Should ISIS seize Jaroud Jarajeer and the Brigade 128 base, they will be in position to launch a Qalamoun offensive from two different different flanks; this would greatly effect the Syrian Arab Army, who is currently concentrated on northern Syria.