DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:40 P.M.) – On Saturday morning, the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Osoud Al-Sharqiya branch deployed two BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and Iraqi volunteers in the desert of southern Syria.

Targeting government-held positions in southeastern parts of Rif Dimashq province, the FSA launched dozens of longe-range rockets on Tall Mahruta, a hill near the border with Jordan that was brought under SAA control earlier this month.

Due to a lack of manpower and being heavily outnumbered by the SAA and its paramilitary allies, the FSA relies primarily on artillery barrages to keep pro-government forces in check.

Al-Masdar News was unable to determine whether or not the SAA and its allies sustained any casualties following the rebel bombardment.

Osoud Al-Sharqiya (translates into Lions of the East) represents one of three FSA factions operating in the Badia Desert. The two other groups are the known as the Ahmad Al-Abdo Martyrs Brigade and Jaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra.

These rebel forces are supported by US, British and Norwegian special forces that are based around a military base at the Al-Tanf border crossing. The FSA fighters all originate from Sunni tribes in Deir Ezzor but fled to Jordan following ISIS’ takeover of the province. Subsequently, they were vetted and trained by US special forces and funnelled back across the border.

Unfortunately for the aforementioned FSA groups, Donald Trump recently ordered the CIA stop all aid to their forces, leaving them to fend for themselves. In turn, persistent rumours indicate the US-led coalition’s ground troops at Al-Tanf will evacuate to Hasakah province instead.

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Mad Axe
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They are easy target for aviation, but no aviation and armed drones?

kirwing
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Great point! We’re gonna’ get these motherless bastards and make them bath in the blood of their victims and then blow their f*****g brains out or just make them dive off of cliffs

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They are protected by Nato and Israeli air cover no doubt. It would be interesting to see what the arrangement is behind the Russian and American peace deal.

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William Russell

Bombing people you said were friends appears now you only used these poor people. The u.s. does not own world nor should be allowed to hurt it so much. Time to stay home and fight off the soon to be recapture of the so called American continent by Asians….whom after all are the genetic relatives of the so called American Indians. That some white guys lied a while back claiming God of all people told them they could have entire continent if they killed of all the asians/Indians that owned the whole place. Be careful Syrians to never trust bad… Read more »

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Nestor Arapa

Como rompieron el acuerdo de alto al fuego, la fuerza aérea tiene para responder, prioridad eliminar sus armas de los terroristas…

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GRAD rockets are soviet stop being biased against the US by putting us in the title whenever the rebels do anything in related

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Karel Vd Geest

Imo the US should not support any islamist groups, it always bites them in the a*s later on.

Three mini factions in a large desert. They should amalgate. Beyond this, if they are secular, they could join the SDF and get support from them. The SDF at this moment is, in all of its parts, 100k+.

If they are islamists, I hope SAA takes the region.