NOTE: The following is an opinion piece that does not necessarily reflect the views of Al-Masdar News.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – Syrian conflict opposition ‘analysts’ are convinced that any future Syrian Army offensive to clear rebel-held areas of Daraa province and nearby governorates will be defeated by militant forces.

Without naming names (for the sake of decency), these are the same sources who mocked the Syrian Army’s ‘Damascus Steel’ offensive when it was in its preparation stages.

In particular, much insult was directed to the elite Tiger Forces Division of the Syrian Army which opposition analysts and rebels alike thought was about to suffer a major defeat that would forever stain its name – to this end there was much talk among rebels (mirrored by opposition sources) of the upcoming failure of the ‘Paper Tigers’ or ‘Pink Panthers’ and so on the name-calling went.

Exactly one month since the Syrian Army launched its offensive and rebels in East Ghouta now only control about 10 percent of the territory they held prior to the operation – the wished-for US strikes never came, huge numbers of militants are being evacuated and the battle is effectively over.

But apparently Daraa with its sweeping countryside – ideal for armored warfare as opposed to the urban terrain of East Ghouta – will be the site of the Syrian Army’s great defeat (just like Homs, Aleppo and East Ghouta were all meant to be); a combination of rebel determination and Israeli resolve will apparently ensure this.

It is unknown when the Syrian Army will commit to a major operation to clear Daraa of armed rebel groups, however one thing that can be guaranteed when it does finally happen is that government forces – having thoroughly covered diplomatic and military preparations beforehand – will win like they have every other time.

Share this article:
  • 314
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    314
    Shares
ALSO READ  US going to expand fight in Syria - Mattis

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Camilo Ribeirinha
Guest
Camilo Ribeirinha

I think that the picture with Presidente Assad laughing is not apropriate.Assad is a decent man that do respect to everybody even those ones that dont deserve his respect, he doesnt scorn nobody.

Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Stern Daler

IMHO Andrew’s choice is right.

And Yes You are right too.

Nobody can doubt doctor Assad loves people.
Even after he became president.

p.s. IMHO Andrew made an appropriate jest about the military chances of green and even experiences units against well equipped experienced units like Tiger Forces.

Against such equipment and training none of them has a chance without foreign aid. Especially not in the area of Dara’a.

Member
Master
Commenter
Upvoted
Stern Daler
The Jihadi in Dara’a try to manoeuvre the last moderate armed opposition units into a headlong fight with the SAA in the hope that outside military backers will support the moderates. Since the moderates are militarily weaker than the Jihadi, the later will gain in power in Dara’a. It is a win-win for the Jihadi and a lose-lose for the moderates. p.s. This is a mental problem of the moderates who feel that they owe the other factions some support because they themselves were early to rebel against the government. They overlook that Muslim brothers and other foreign aided groups… Read more »
Weldon
Guest
Weldon
How long can these groups both “moderate” or hardline continue to decieve themselves? No one is coming to their aid,at one time they nearly got the excuse for their handlers invasion by the use of the staged chemical attacks but that lie has been worn out months ago,even the U.N. just yawn and take bathroom breaks when its tried nowadays. All they have now is their insane belief in the twisted wahabi ideologies that makes them think this is allahs wish,when are they going to realise that religeon is only good for funerals?? They are finished,just refuse to accept it… Read more »