In a somewhat silent ten-day offensive, ISIS fighters have gradually retaken three hill tops from rebel factions in the mountainous terrain of eastern Qalamoun.
Effectively, Jaish al-Islam and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) affiliated Ahmad al-Abdo brigade have lost control of Jabal Zubaydi, Tall Daba’a and Jabal al-Afa’i.
Rebel factions and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are still on good terms in the eastern Qalamoun, a somewhat rare scenario in other Syrian regions still affected by more than 5 years of war.
Previously, the SAA has provided air support against ISIS in favor of Jaish al-Islam and the Ahmad al-Abdo brigade. In turn, rebel commanders have vowed not to harass nearby SAA forces.
Map credits: Agothocle deSyracuse.