BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a large-scale offensive in the northeastern countryside of Damascus last week, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions along the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains.
Within a week, the Free Syrian Army managed to capture large chunks of the ISIL-held territory in the Badiyah area of northeast Damascus, forcing the aforementioned terrorist group to retreat deeper into the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun.
This large Free Syrian Army force is comprised of several groups from the eastern countryside of Homs and Damascus, including Assoud Al-Sharqiyah, Ahmad ‘Abdo Brigade, Ahrar Al-Asha’er, Maghawir Al-Thoura, and the Qaraytayn Martyrs Brigade.
According to some reports in northeastern Damascus, the Free Syrian Army has now entered the ISIL-held areas in the eastern Qalamoun from their positions in Al-Badiyah; this cannot be confirmed at the moment.
If this offensive is successful, the Islamic State could find themselves retreating back towards the Lebanese border-crossing into the Beqa’a Governorate.