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.

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Hind Abyad
2017-01-09 14:59

It became confusing as FSA was allied so many times with al Qaeda ..etc..

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Stern Daler
2017-01-09 16:41
Reply to  Hind Abyad

Google the groups mentioned. These FSA units have fought IS before. Some close to ex-Qaeda ideologically but not all.

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Daeshbags Sux
2017-01-09 22:38
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85% are shithadists, some like Southern Front are secular and totally stopped to fight the government in last June. Most of secular FSA simply joined SDF so in areas were SDF isn’t around, they might act independently but it’s not really a good idea to use the FSA flag as govt+Russians are likely to bomb your a*s as you can simply be confused for bloodyshithadists!
BTW, the FSA flag is of VERY bad taste as it was the colonial flag for Syria!!!

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Stern Daler
2017-01-11 13:24
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Syrian flags are an interesting topic. Article in Wikipedia.

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Henri Cochet
2017-01-09 20:37
Reply to  Hind Abyad

al Qaeda and ISIS are two different things . Al quaeda is fighting isis . FSA is allied with al Qaeda

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Daeshbags Sux
2017-01-09 22:43
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Not totally. Daesh was al-Qaeda in Iraq until Zarqawi cut ties with bin-Laden and al-Zawahiri as he considered ’em being pussies and well, he was less into global-ihad and more into creating a caliphate (where he’d be caliph, hehe). Zarqawi was actually a serious criminal before being brainwashed by Salafists while jailed.
Thus, Daesh are seen as traitors.
Prisons, even in the EU should be closely monitored : they’re a serious recruitment asset for shithadists.

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Henri Cochet
2017-01-10 12:01
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I know that , i was replying to Hind Abyad

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Stern Daler
2017-01-11 13:26
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Yes. In some areas they are allied. Some they are not.

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Henri Cochet
2017-01-09 20:50

How could IS retreat towards the Lebanese border ? i’m missing something here

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Daeshbags Sux
2017-01-09 22:48
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They have a 15x10km transborder enclave between Syria and Lebanon 10km hours of Qarah.

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Henri Cochet
2017-01-10 12:00
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The pocket near Arsal ? They cannot go there from eastern Damascus

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Hind Abyad
2017-01-09 14:57

Which FSA?