DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – Troops from the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division will be redeployed to the southern province of Daraa as a wide-scale offensive against opposition forces looms.
The highly-trained and equipped Army formation, along with the Republican Guards, was a decisive force in recapturing the rebel-held neighborhood of Qaboun earlier this month.
The significant and overpowering advances made by the two Army factions forced the militants in Qaboun and adjacent Barzeh to succumb to an evacuation deal for the northwestern province of Idlib.
Throughout the Syrian crisis, the renowned 4th Division has an impressive history in purging several insurgent-controlled districts around the capital, including Darayya, Moadamiyah, Khan al-Shiekh and Maliha among others.
According to informed sources, the elite troops will spearhead a major offensive to retake the rebel-held parts of al-Manshiyah district in Daraa, as a prelude to fully recapture Daraa al-Balad which serves as the main bastion for opposition forces in the south.
The al-Qaeda Syrian offshoot – known as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham – has joined forces with other FSA-affiliated factions and managed to control several parts of the imperative al-Manshiyah.