DAMASCUS, SYRIA – Units from the infamous 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division have mobilized around the strategic rebel-held bastion of Barada Valley.
This development comes after rebel forces reneged on the reconciliation agreement they signed with government official the previous day. Local sources believe foreign orders pressured the insurgents to continue fighting.
Nevertheless, it is unlikely that the rebels will resist for long given the 42nd Brigade’s track record in Muaddamiyah, Darayya, and Khan Al-Sheh where stubborn rebels ended up getting transported to Idlib via green buses. Ten MLRS vehicles and five field guns have been positioned on the hills overlooking the valley.
The Syrian government eyes the imperative Wadi Barada region to its Fijah Water Spring that quenches the thirst of Damascus’s five million plus population. Mounting local pressure for a reconciliation agreement will only make fighting harder for the jihadists.