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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 P.M.) – On Thursday, clashes erupted in the province of Sweida after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) engaged with fighters of the US-vetted ‘Osoud Al-Sharqiya’, a branch of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The two warring parties battled it out in desert area of the northeastern portion of Sweida province as Syrian troops began attacking the villages of Isheib and Al-Qasir with artillery.

With no gains reported yet, the SAA’s offensive may have been a warning for the FSA to stay clear of government heartland in the predominately Druze governorate.

Islamic State forces completely withdrew from Sweida province last month, allowing the FSA and SAA to take over areas it had abandoned in southern Syria.

Two days ago, the SAA also attacked the rebel-held hill of Tall Dakwanah in a bid to prevent FSA contingents from advancing on the Syrian capital towards the East Ghouta pockets.

The Syrian Arab Air Force also carried out numerous sorties against FSA units over Sweida and eastern Homs on Thursday.

Osoud Al-Sharqiya was trained by US special forces in Jordan and was subsequently funneled into Syria across the Al-Tanf border crossing. Its fighters all originate from Deir Ezzor province, many of whom feel disenfranchised by what they see as an ISIS occupation of their homeland that began in 2014. The group is trained exclusively to fight the Islamic State while clashes with the SAA are relatively new.

Another pic of the FSA group fighting the SAA in rural Sweida today:

Chris Tomson | AMN

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Mona Anom
2017-04-27 22:02
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US-backed Islamists are the worst. After that come other US-backed rebels, like the Kurds. They must all be defeated.

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Chauhan Chauhan
2017-04-27 22:23

TELL THIS US SLAVE TO GO AND FIGHT ISIL IN DIER ZOR AND NOT TO ATTACK SAA OTHERWISE THEY WILL BE TAKEN AS TERRIOST AND WILL BE TARGET OF SAA AIRFORCE AND ARMY

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FuckIslam
2017-04-28 15:21

terrorist rats, kill them all SAA!!!!

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Wim Roffel
2017-04-28 11:27

This article doesn’t add up. It mixes up the rebels in Deir Ezzor and those in Sweida and ignores the large stretch of desert between them.