Syrian government army claims control of west Qalamoun after IS defeat

In this file photo released by the US Air Force, fighter jets fly over northern Iraq as part of coalition airstrikes in Syria.

Syrian Army units, in cooperation with the Lebanese National resistance, advanced in Jurod Qara and al-Jarajir in western Qalamoun in Damascus Countryside after inflicting heavy losses upon the ISIL terrorists in personnel and equipment.

SANA reporter in western Qalamoun said Saturday that the army units, in cooperation with the Lebanese National Resistance, established full control over the hills and heights of Harf Wadi Farah, Ra’s Shabet al-Magharah, Qurnet Shmais Dawar Khanjar, Shabet al-Souqi, Wadi Dawar Khanjar, Shmais al-Zamrani, Thanaya al-Hariq height, Wadi Masoud, Wadi Abu Khdair, Shabet Sourour, Qqaber al-Irsali and Khrbet al-Eileh after carrying out intensive operations targeting ISIL terrorists towards the direction of Jurod Qara and al-Jarajir.

The reporter added that the army operations destroyed a number of ISIL fortifications, killing and injuring a number of the terrorists.

He added that the army units and the Lebanese National Resistance also advanced towards al-Arqoub and Rabeit al-Nahhash area in western Qalamoun.

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