BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:01 P.M.) – On Saturday afternoon, jihadists of the Al-Qaeda affiliate militia Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (previously and better known as Jabhat al-Nusra) launched a powerful assault against the Syrian Army in Damascus’ East Ghouta region. Information on this attack has only just been released by a source in the military.
According to the Syrian Army source, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham attempted to break through government lines in East Ghouta on the Jobar axis.
The jihadist operation was spearheaded by a car bomb attack that targeted a Syrian Army checkpoint area that connects communications between the districts of Jobar and Qaboun.
Syrian Army sentries stationed just ahead of the targeted checkpoint area spotted the incoming car bomb and, opening fire on the vehicle with several heavy machine guns, destroyed it at a safe distance.
Despite the failure of the car bomb attack, jihadist fighters went ahead with attempting to storm Syrian Army positions across Jobar only to have their ranks broken up with machine gun and mortar fire.
Within minutes the attack was called off and the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham assault party retreated back to inside the depth of rebel-held East Ghouta.