On October 11, 40 fighters of the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group, Ahmad al-Abdo Forces, surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Damascus desert, according to Syrian opposition sources. The sources added that, Abu Dujana, a commander of Ahmad al-Abdo Forces was among the surrendered fighters.
According to the opposition sources, the Ahmad al-Abdo Forces members handed over US made weapons to the SAA as a part of the surrender deal. Moreover, the deal included providing the SAA with information about the US-led coalition forces deployed at the al-Tana base near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
In turn, the SAA released all the fighters after they were interrogated, and allowed them to go to Jayrud town in the Eastern Qalamun region that’s under the control of the FSA. This is considered the first case in which the SAA allowed US-backed FSA fighters from the al-Tanf base to move to other FSA-held areas in Syria.
Similar agreements between the US-backed FSA and the SAA will likely take place in the near future. Such agreement could force the US-led coalition to abandon the al-Tanf base that has almost no value what so ever after the SAA reached the Syrian-Iraqi border, and Deir Ezzor city.