BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – The Islamist rebel group “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) claimed on Wednesday that their forces had killed 243 Syrian Arab Army soldiers in the East Ghouta region over the last 3 months.
Using an info-map, Jaysh Al-Islam’s media wing showed 243 Syrian Arab Army soldiers killed and 6 tanks destroyed after conducting 19 attacks in the past 3 months.
Despite these claims by Jaysh Al-Islam, these numbers are most likely inaccurate given that the Syrian Arab Army has reported very little casualties during their military operations in the East Ghouta.
Moreover, Jaysh Al-Islam has lost a great deal of territory and armed personnel over the last 3 months, including several villages and hilltops near their stronghold of Douma.
Jaysh Al-Islam likely released this info-graph to boost morale; however, the Syrian Arab Army’s casualties in January did not even total 50 – and this was the most violent of the 3 months.