The jihadist rebels launched a powerful offensive in the Qalamoun Mountains on Thursday morning, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the Jaroud Rankous region along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

While the offensive was unsuccessful for the jihad rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the death toll proved that this short-lived battle was incredibly bloody.

According to a security source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army reported 27 soldiers killed-in-action (KIA), 22 wounded, and 19 soldiers missing or captured.

Meanwhile, the jihadist rebels reportedly lost over 35 combatants and 5 vehicles while storming Al-Safa Hill and its corresponding checkpoint in the Jaroud Rankous region of rural Damascus.

All-in-all, the battle for the Qalamoun Mountains on Thursday proved to be the bloodiest battles to take place this month, despite its short duration.

The Syrian Armed Forces are in full control of Jaroud Rankous and Al-Safah Hill; however, the jihadist rebels will likely make another attempt for this border area in the coming days.

 

 

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