On Sunday, Faylaq al-Rahman published a video that shows the targeting a group of Syrian soldiers east of the capital Damascus using a US-made TOW missile. This was the first confirmation of the usage of US-made missiles in Eastern Ghouta.
Faylaq al-Rahman have used TOW missiles several times against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) armors in Aiyn Tarma area, but without announcing that.
On Sunday, Faylaq al-Rahman also targeted an SAA tank using a TOW missile.
From its side, the SAA launched a large-scale attack from four directions on the positions of Faylaq al-Rahman and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS; formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in Aiyn Tarma. The SAA managed to advance and seize several buildings in the vicinity of the meat factory and the Al-Kheer markets deep inside Aiyn Tarma.
During its advance, the SAA killed and injured awhole group of Faylaq al-Rahman fighters, and also repelled a counter-attack by Faylaq al-Rahman fighters on its new positions.
Faylaq al-Rahman’s acquisition of TOW missiles in Eastern Ghouta is another case in which HTS allies have obtained US weapons. Meanwhile, Jaysh al-Islam that is hostile to HTS has not got TOW missiles. This leads some to allegation that the CIA support is limited to Al-Qaeda allies in Syria.