DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – After maintaining a presence in the area since 2014, ISIS militants have withdrawn from Syria’s southern governorate of Sweida, thus conceding control of many villages to opportunistic US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions.
Almost without firing a single shot, opposition fighters took control of the Nashwan, Beir Al-Awda, Alqaneyat, Rajm Aldawala & Al-Asfar areas in northern Sweida according to an online statement released by the FSA-linked ‘Lions of Sharqiyah’ on Tuesday.
Yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defence Forces (NDF) also liberated a large chunk of Sweida territory from the Islamic State.
ISIS militants were forced to withdraw from the region due to collapsing defensive lines at Raqqa, Aleppo, and Palmyra. Although mere speculation, the jihadist units may be transferred to the Deir Ezzor front in a last-ditch bid to capture the city entirely.
After also being expulsed from Rif Dimashq province earlier in the week, the Islamic State now only holds a foothold in 8 of the country’s 14 governorates.
Jaish Al-Islam posted a map showcasing the aforementioned advances: