The Syrian Defense Ministry announced that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken full control of the Bir al-Qasab area, Khirbat al-Qasab, Tolul al-Rawabi, al-Sreikhi and Arinbah in southeastern Damascus desert after the SAA had inflicted heavy losses on the US-backed Assoud al-Sharqia Army stationed operating from the US-held At Tanf base at the border with Iraq.
The Syrian Ministry of Defense published a video from Bir al-Qasab showing bodies of the Assoud al-Sharqia fighters and destroyed vehicles. The video also shows large quantities of weapons left behind by US-trained militants: RPG-26 rocket launchers obtained mostly from the Jordanian Army, a Konkurs missile and launcher, as well as Grad rockets.
The Assoud al-Sharqia Army shelled the Marj Rahil airport from Bir al-Qasab with Grad rockets a week ago.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Russian military began setting up a garrison at the Syrian-Iraqi border north of the US-base of At Tanf. The Russian military facility is allegedly located in Khirbet Ras al-Wa’r village. If the reports are confirmed, the United States will lose the last possibility of attacking the SAA north of At Tanf or any chance to drive the Syrian Army away from the Iraqi-Syrian border.