The ISIS terrorist group struck the positions of the Osoud al-Sharqiya, a US/ Jordanian-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) branch, in Northern Damascus near the border with Homs province, local sources said, adding that a number of militants from both sides have been killed in the clashes.
The sources said that ISIS launched a fresh assault on the positons of Osoud Al-Sharqiya terrorist group in a border region between the provinces of Homs and East Qalamoun.
The ISIS attack came after a fortnight of encroaching FSA gains against the terrorist group which where aimed at expelling it in the direction of Homs province and lifting the siege on East Qalamoun.
So far, ISIS has managed to take control over Manqourah, Zibedah, Dab and Daba and, consequentially, the Osoud Al-Sharqiya group has been forced onto the defensive for the time being.
As a result of the attack, ISIL has reaffirmed its siege of FSA-held East Qalamoun, which only twelve hours ago seemed to be on the verge of collapse.
Local sources reported earlier today that over 100 militants, including a field commander of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board), have been killed in clashes between rival terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta.
The sources confirmed that more than 100 terrorists have been killed and many more have been wounded in fierce clashes between Al-Nusra and Faylaq al-Rahman with Jeish al-Islam in the Eastern countryside of Damascus.
They added that notorious commander of Al-Nusra, nom de guerre Abu Qazi, is among the terrorists killed in the clashes.
The infighting in Eastern Ghouta which started two days ago is still underway, the sources said, adding that the warring parties are pounding each others’ position by mortar attacks.