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Damascus, Syria – Subsequent to battles with the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), rebels of the Army of Islam (an extended umbrella for Syrian rebels) were able Saturday to advance in the eastern front of Qalamoun in Damascus countryside, in southern Syria.
At least ten militants of IS group were killed during clashes with rebels of Army of Islam in eastern Qalamoun on Saturday, rebel sources said in a statement.
Rebel fighters of the Army of Islam reported in an official statement that they were able to extend their control over the entire region of as-Saghir and Mount Afaee in eastern Qalamoun, after expelling IS militants from the area.
The area, where the Army of Islam combats the IS group, connects northern Syria with southern areas. The rebels aim at opening a supply route between Damascus countryside and Idlib province.
Jawad Dibla, a rebel fighter in Qalamoun, told ARA News that their battles with IS militants in eastern Qalamoun led to the death of more than ten IS terrorists, while some others fled toward the Syrian desert to the east, pointing out that the fighting is ongoing in the region.
Two days ago, the Army of Islam declared control over the strategic Mount of Afaee which overlooks wide expansions of Qalamoun in the eastern region. The Afaee also overlooks the regime-held Nasiriyah military airport and “Brigade 559″ of the Third Division stationed in Qutaifa, north of Damascus.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News