BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Islamist rebels of the Faylaq al-Rahman militant group operating in the semi-besieged Jobar District of eastern Damascus have released video evidence of one of their anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) teams – using the US-built TOW system – scoring a frontal hit on a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) T-72 tank. What is intriguing about this development is that several days earlier, a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle of the SAA was stuck in the exact same location with an ATGM at the doing of the same militant group.
The battle for Jobar continues to intensify with no signs that the fighting has yet reached a peak. At this point it has become blatantly apparent that the mix of Islamist and jihadist rebels operating in the Jobar are committed to the defense of district. Thanks to their intricate system of underground supply lines, militant forces in Jobar have withstood pro-government attacks since 2012.
Today, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) stepped up its bombardment of militant positions and infrastructures within Jobar in order to suppress the movement and defensive resolve of rebel forces fighting throughout the district.