One week after losing the imperative Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport and its village, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) launched a counter-offensive to retake this site from the Syrian Arab Army’s 102nd, 105th, and 416th Brigades of the Republican Guard and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Damascus City.
Hours before their major assault on the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport, Jabhat Al-Nusra posted promotional videos for this counter-offensive that was meant to raise the morale of their fighters and their ardent followers.
However, things did not go as according to plan for Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies, as they ended up with a substantially high death toll and the destruction of their heavy armory during this failed infiltration attempt to enter the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport.
In fact, the offensive ended in sheer disaster after Jabhat Al-Nusra’s lead field commander/star of the promotional video was killed by the Syrian Arab Army before the aforementioned Islamist group retreated north of the base.
According to a military source in the city of Damascus, Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies lost over 25 combatants, while another half dozen surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard.
The Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport was captured by the Syrian Armed Forces last week; it is strategically located inside the East Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate.