The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have lost almost entire area of al-Qaim in southern Damascus to ISIS terrorists, according to local sources.
The SAA and the NDF entered al-Qaim earlier this month after the Syrian government had reached a withdrawal agreement with local members of militant groups rival to ISIS.
ISIS used the withdrawal of its competitors to launch own attack in the area exploting the SAA’s lack of time to secure the area. Following almost a week of fierce clashes, the terrorist group has established control of a major part of al-Qaim.
According to pro-ISIS sources, the SAA and the NDF have lost almost 100 fighters in these clashes. However, this number still has to be confirmed.