BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Despite the sheer strength in firepower and numbers the Syrian Arab Army plans to hit East Ghouta-based militant groups with for its upcoming offensive, there exists a number of very real threats that have in the past brought other powerful government operations across the region to a virtual standstill.
The first among the these great threats is the use tunnel and building bombs by rebel groups. Observing the past, it can be seen that the well-timed detonation of a tunnel or building bomb by militants can wipe-out entire platoon of Syrian Army troops.
The second serious danger is anti-tank missiles. At the present time, it is unclear just how many anti-tank missiles rebels in East Ghouta have in their possession, particularly so after the last great army operation to capture Jobar and Ayn Tarma districts during July and August.
In any case, rebel groups like Faylaq al-Rahman and Jaysh al-Islam have elite tank hunter teams, each with multiple kills to their title who generally hit their mark every time.
Prepared kill-zones represent the third great threat. In districts like Jobar, Ayn Tarma and Zamalka, rebel fighters have had years to refine their defensive strong-points along key streets and crossroads. Using crack-shot snipers and heavy machine guns, militants have, in the past been able to pin-down and even kill entire squads and platoons of Syrian troops.