DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:20 P.M.) – Earlier today, rebel forces advancing from the East Qalamoun pocket captured an important village and adjacent road as ISIS militants continued to withdraw towards Raqqa without putting up much of a fight.
Led by the Ahmad Al-Abdo martyrs brigade, Syrian rebels captured the village of Mihassa, directly south of the government-held town of Al-Quryatayn. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) group also took control of the Abu Shamaat road and Jabal Muhassah, a nearby mountain.
Jaish al-Islam, Ahrar Al-Sham, Failaq Al-Rahman and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham were also involved in the offensive. Notably, rebel forces have now linked up with opposition fighters near the Jordanian border, thereby ending a long-standing East Qalamoun encirclement.
In addition to the gains, FSA militants boasted the capture of an abandoned ISIS tank.
Contrary to all other regions of Syria, rebel forces in the East Qalamoun region are on good terms with the Syrian Arab Army. A truce was agreed upon over two years ago; effectively, opposition groups and government troops do not clash with one another in the area.