On Sunday morning, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Palestine Liberation Army (Palestinian wing of the Syrian Arab Army) launched an offensive to recapture the imperative hilltop village of Tal Kurdi in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus.
However, the offensive did not go as planned for the pro-government forces; instead, it ended in disaster, as over 25 militiamen were gunned down by the well-prepared Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) militants that were videotaped firing off rounds of ammunition towards the PLA and NDF fighters running in the open field.
Video footage of the attack was posting by the social media activists from Jaysh Al-Islam; this confirmed the failure of the assault, which ended in a mere half hour with no enemy casualties.
The Tal Kurdi offensive was not only poorly executed, but also, poorly planned; this is likely the fault of their commanders that thought they could send fresh recruits possessing very little training into a well-defended garrison controlled by veteran militants.
In the past few weeks, the Syrian Armed Forces have advanced all over the East Ghouta region; however, as of recently, the Syrian Arab Army's Central Command has concentrated a large amount of soldiers to the West Ghouta in order to begin the integral offensive at Darayya.