The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and rebel forces are working together to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Greater Damascus area for the first time since the start of this violent conflict.
According to an Al-Masdar correspondent in Damascus City, the government forces allowed a rebel contingent from Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) to travel through the Homs-Damascus Highway to the Al-Dumayr front in order to reinforce their comrades fighting against ISIS.
When ISIS launched an attack on Jaysh Al-Islam’s positions in Jabal Ruhaybeh this morning; it was the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) that provided covering fire for the rebel forces confronting the terrorist group.
The ISIS attack has now been repelled by Jaysh Al-Islam and the Ahmad Abdo Brigade at Jabal Ruhaybeh in the Qalamoun Mountains.
With ISIS at the outskirts of the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus, the government and rebel forces face a serious threat near ‘Adra; this is one of the reasons why they are collaborating against the terrorist group.
In the video below, Jaysh Al-Islam’s leadership state it is permissible to ally with the government if it means defeating ISIS.