On Friday, the US-backed militant groups of Jaysh Assoud Al-Sharqiya and Ahmad al-Abdo Forces launched an attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Dakwa area in the Damascus desert. Jaysh Assoud Al-Sharqiya claimed that militants regained control of the Mastama hill, killed a SAA general, and captured a Syrian soldier during the attack.
On June 7, the SAA captured Tal al-Abdo, and on June 8 it captured Tal al-Dakwa and the area of Al-Dakwa. With tihs, the SAA captured 550 km2 east of Damascus.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA managed to repel the militant attack on Tal al-Dakwa. Furthermore, Syrian Air Force warplanes bombed US-backed militants in the Bir Qasab area and in the vicinity of Tal al-Dakwa.
Pro-government media denied reports that the US-backed militant groups also known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the Al-Zuluf Reserve area in the northern Suweida countryside. According to pro-government sources, the SAA and the National Defense Forces repelled the FSA attack, and the 800th Battalion of the Republican Guard is still stationed in the area.
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In the last two days, FSA groups launched few large-scale attacks on SAA positions in the northern Sweida countryside, Zaza Triangle and the Bir Qasab area. Furthermore, the US-led coalition bombed government forces in the Zaza Triangle twice.
Meanwhile, the US-led coalition and the FSA have conducted zero attacks against ISIS from its bases in Al-Kazaf and Al-Tanf, which contradicts with its official statements that its deployment there is against ISIS.