Verifying the frontlines between Qalamoun and al-Badiya


Fighting between opposition groups and the Islamic State has been ongoing in the country's southeast for the entirety of 2017. At the moment, rebel groups just as Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya and Quwwat al-Shaheed Ahmed al-Abdo appear close to connecting their two pockets in the region: Eastern Qalamoun and al-Badiya. On 23 March, Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya put out both a map of the current situation, as well as video scanning of the territory separating the two rebel-held pockets. The label, as seen below, labelled this territory to be only 18km wide. The only seemingly recognizable landmarks in the video were a highway that the video track as well as a cluster of houses to its left. This cluster of houses can be seen here on Wikimapia. Their location on the map below is at the uppermost white dot, where the distance label begins.