BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – The Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) continued their large-scale advance near the Iraqi border-crossing on Monday, seizing large parts of Al-Sweida’s eastern countryside from the Islamic State (ISIL) forces.

Free Syrian Army units operating in Al-Sweida’s Badiyah area launched another powerful assault this weekend, striking the remaining areas under ISIL’ control.

According to the Free Syrian Army’s official media wing, their forces seized the Al-Badiyah area of Al-Sweida on Sunday, giving them control of more territory inside the province.

On Monday, the Free Syrian Army units managed to reach the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines in eastern Al-Sweida for the first time since the Islamic State took control of this area in late 2014.

With the massive Kurdish offensive in Al-Raqqa, the Islamic State has put their field operations in southern Syria on hold until they are able to stabilize their positions in the northern part of the country.

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There are no Iraqi border crossings in Al-Sweida. Look at a map. Iraq is very far away from Al-Sweida. Al-Sweida is on the Jordanian border, not the Iraqi border. It damages Al-Masdar’s credibility as a news agency when you can’t even get basic geography right.

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True – but I personally took for granted that they come from Jordan and overlooked it. The group’s activities have been reported on AMN before. So did not read properly.

p.s. They have not been doing too well in the past.

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The ‘rebels’ are largely non-Syrian and a western proxy. Terrorist or not, they constitute an invasion by western forces and should be totally eliminated from Syria.

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Western and “western forces” means nothing. It’s totally as vague as if, when we have terrorism in the EU, you say “eastern terrorism” : Eastern would so mean what? ISIS? Qaeda? Iran? Russia? China? If Iraqi Peshmergas come to help YPG, they’re an eastern invasion force? SAA has gave up all defence of Kurdish areas except around Qamlishi, if YPG/SDF calls for some western help, are those helping invaders? FSA doesn’t means anything in the end : you have a zillion of groups, some are even part of SDF and go on using the Syrian colonial flag and the name… Read more »

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Means probably US or us. Maybe from Dar al-Gharb “house of the West” – from Turkish fighting Europe/Germany. It is synonym to Dar al-Harb (“house of war”) = non Muslim enemy. No – AFAIK these men are US vetted and UK or US trained Arab troops operating from Jordan. No idea who pays them. AMN reported about them before when they failed to hold on to objects taken before.

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Nestor Arapa

El ejercito tiene que avanzar en estas zonas y no dejar que los mercenarios extranjeros tomen la iniciativa.