BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a massive offensive in the Wadi Barada area of rural Damascus today after ceasefire talks failed between the government and jihadist rebel factions present in this region.
Led by the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division and Qalamoun Shield, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the the hilltops located northwest of the small town of Deir Maqran in Wadi Barada, resulting in a fierce battle with the Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) militants.
According to a military source in west Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture Tal Dahr Al-Masabi and its nearby hilltops, leaving the jihadist rebels in a poor position to defend the towns of Kafri Al-Zeit and Deir Maqran.
As a result of the Syrian Army’s advance today, the jihadist rebels have reportedly mass retreated from several positions in the Wadi Barada area to the largest town in the pocket.
The jihadist rebels are surrounded from all sides and unable to avoid the Syrian Arab Army’s constant barrage of ATGMs (anti-tank guided missiles); this will likely result in the opposition’s eventual surrender of the Wadi Barada area.