BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 P.M.) – At approximately 10:40 P.M. (Damascus Time), the Syrian Republican Guard, alongside Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF), began their long-awaited Qalamoun Mountains offensive in the Rif Dimashq Governorate of western Syria.
Backed by heavy airstrikes from their air force, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies stormed the large hilltop of Tal Burkan near the Faleeta Barrens; this resulted in a fierce battle with the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants positioned there.
Unable to hold their own at Tal Burkan, the militants from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham were forced to concede the hilltop to the Syrian Republican Guard and their allies.
Not long after taking control of Tal Burkan, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah forces began their assault on the nearby hilltops, inflicting heavy damage on the jihadist defenses.
The operation that was launched tonight is the third and final phase of the western Qalamoun offensive; its success will guarantee the security of the Syrian-Lebanese border.