Inspired by US threats against the Syrian government, militant groups oeprating in eastern Qalamoun launched over 120 Grad rockets on the al-Seen and Dumayr airbases of the Syrian Arab Air Force.
While militants in eastern Qalamoun are often refered as the so-called Free Syrian Army, indeed, the most influential group in the area is Jaish al-Islam.
The Qalamoun area has been for a long-time a ceasefire zone between the Syrian Army and local militants. However, the developing crisis over Syria changed the situation.
It’s interseting to note that the area of Douma, where a chemical attack allegedly took place on April 7, was then also controlled by Jaish al-Islam.
— Mr. Revinsky (@MrKyruer) 11 April 2018
According to the Russian military, Syrian forces established full control of Douma and the entire Eastern Ghouta region where it’s cocated on April 12. However, the 5 days were enough to trigger a large-scale escalation with what the Russian military calls a “staged chemical attack.”
“The notorious White Helmets, who operate as part of terrorist groups, staged and filmed a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Duma,” First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir commented on the situation on April 11.
Nonetheless, the US and its allies continue to accuse the Assad government, Russia and Iran of civilian casualties and are openly drawin up palns for a new military agression against Syria.