A rebel fighter of the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army gestures while standing with his fellow fighter near their weapons at the front line in the north-west countryside of Deraa, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

On Saturday morning in southwestern Syria, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – alongside Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham (largest Islamist/rebel group in Syria) – launched a large-scale offensive to capture several sites under the Syrian Arab Army’s control in the Golan Heights of the Al-Qunietra Governorate.

The Islamist rebels began their assault by storming the strategic hilltop of Tal Kroum in the Golan Heights, where they were confronted by a large force that was consisted of soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade of the 9th Armored Division and the National Defense Forces brigade “Fouj Al-Joulan” (Golan Regiment).

Following an intense battle this morning, the Islamist rebels were routed by the Syrian Armed Forces at Tal Kroum after sustaining a significant number of casualties at the western perimeter of this strategic hilltop.

Not long after this failed assault, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham launched another assault on Tal Kroum; however, this time, with more militants in an attempt to overrun the Syrian Armed Forces’ defenses.

Once again, the Islamist rebels were repelled by the Syrian Armed Forces after nearly 25 enemy combatants were killed by the latter in only 2 hours of battle.

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