Beginning on Monday afternoon, several Islamist factions led by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) launched a series of counter-attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions around Khan al-Sheih, a large rebel-held town southwest of Damascus.
During the clashes, insurgents fired an ATGM (anti-tank guided missile) at a Soviet-manufactured “Shilka” tank belonging the Syrian Armed Forces and destroyed it at Tall Al-Kabousiyah, an adjacent hill to Khan al-Sheih.
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However, a military source based in Damascus informed Al-Masdar News that preliminary reports suggested Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and its allies had been unable to reverse any of the SAA’s recent gains. Islamist fighters hope to expand a buffer-zone around Khan al-Sheih but the situation remains dire after nearby Darayya gave up arms in late August and Mo’adhimiyah Al-Sham surrendered to the SAA in October.
As clashes continued into the night, at least 10 insurgents were killed, the source added.
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