BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Units of the Syrian Arab Army have taken control of a key hilltop chain in the western countryside of Damascus province following the withdrawal of Al-Qaeda-linked militants from it.

According to military-affiliated sources, soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade have gained control over the so-called ‘Red Hills’ in western Damascus province after militant forces surrendered their positions per a recently-reached relocation agreement with the Syrian government.

At the present time, 90th Brigade’s engineering units, moving up just behind the ongoing withdrawal of jihadist fighters, are combing the newly acquired area for land mines and improvised explosive devices that may have been left behind by their opponents.

When in control of the area, jihadist rebels used their positions atop the Red Hills as a launching pad to shell and conduct raids against pro-government forces at the town of Al-Hader (located southwest of the hill chain near the Israeli-occupied Golan border region).

 

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