It has been a rough afternoon for the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” inside of Al-Zabadani, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 63rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – alongside Hezbollah, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – has taken control of multiple sites around this resort-city in Rif Dimashq’s western countryside.
One day after taking control of Darab Al-Sham, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah have taken control of Darab Al-Kalassa, Darab Al-Hasaba, and Darab Al-Kassara after fierce clashes with Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army’s “Liwaa Suwour Al-Zabadani” that last for three hours on Monday afternoon.
According to a military source in the nation’s capital of Damascus, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah killed over 30 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Al-Zabadani Hawks Brigade, while also destroying their hideouts and four armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns and doshkas.
As Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces continue their offensive in Al-Zabadani, the Islamist rebels entrenched inside this resort-city face two options: to surrender or to continue to fight with their scarce provisions.
Thus far, the Islamist rebels – led by Jabhat Al-Nusra – have show no signs of giving up, despite the large number of fighters that have surrendered to the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance.
On Monday morning, two dozen armed combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham turned themselves in – along with their weapons – to a local Syrian Arab Army checkpoint outside the city of Al-Zabadani and surrendered themselves