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Damascus, Syria – Subsequent to fierce battles with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), rebels of the “Army of Islam” took over the strategic mountain of Afaee in the eastern Qalamoun area in Damascus countryside, military sources reported on Thursday.
The battles resulted in the death and injury of dozens among IS ranks.
The spokesman of the Army of Islam, Islam Alloush, reported that the Battle of Mount Afaee “represent the beginning of rebels control over the entire eastern Qalamoun, which connects Syria’s north with Damascus.
Mount Afaee overlooks strategic areas held by pro-Assad forces, such as “Brigade 559″ of the Third Division, as well as the military airport of Nasiriyah.
Alloush confirmed that the battle in the eastern Qalamoun aims to clear IS terrorists and pro-Assad forces from the Syrian Desert and open supply lines for rebels from Syria’s north to Daraa in the south.
The fighter in the ranks of Army of Islam in the eastern Qalamoun, Saleh Khawla, told ARA News that a number of IS militants were killed during the battle for Qalamoun, adding that rebels were able to seize a deal of light and medium weapons from the radical group.
The Army of Islam and a number of Syrian opposition factions, including Ahrar ash-Sham and the Rahman Corps, launched an extended military operation in the eastern Qalamoun and the western desert to expel the IS group, and open the way for allied rebels in northern Syria.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News