The Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” have launched a new offensive to capture the remaining villages inside the Syrian Golan Heights after a back-and-forth battle along the southern perimeter of the strategic hilltop at Tal Taranjah in the Al-Quneitra Governorate.
On Monday morning, the Islamist rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra stormed the National Defense Forces’ (NDF) frontline positions at Tal Taranjah, Mazra’a Al-Amil, Tal Hamriyah, and Tal Al-Ahmar, resulting in a series of intense firefights that consumed most of the morning and afternoon before they dissipated due to the coming nightfall.
Protecting these imperative aforementioned hilltops and farms in the Golan Heights are the predominately Druze militias of Fouj Al-Joulan (Golan Regiment) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra (Al-Quneitra Hawks Brigade); these NDF units are working side-by-side with the Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade of the 9th Armored Division to prevent the enemy combatants from taking control of this area.
The Islamist rebels received a boost from their Israeli allies on Sunday after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) alleged that three rockets struck an open field in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – the Syrian Arab Army confirmed to Al-Masdar News that they did not fire any rockets into Israel.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Islamist rebels have become notorious for firing indiscriminate rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in order to prompt an aggressive response from the Israeli Defense Forces; however, these reprisals are always targeted towards the Syrian Armed Forces.