On Sunday morning, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Palestine Liberation Army (Palestinian wing of the Syrian Arab Army) launched an offensive to recapture the imperative hilltop village of Tal Kurdi in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus.

However, the offensive did not go as planned for the pro-government forces; instead, it ended in disaster, as over 25 militiamen were gunned down by the well-prepared Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) militants that were videotaped firing off rounds of ammunition towards the PLA and NDF fighters running in the open field.

Video footage of the attack was posting by the social media activists from Jaysh Al-Islam; this confirmed the failure of the assault, which ended in a mere half hour with no enemy casualties.

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The Tal Kurdi offensive was not only poorly executed, but also, poorly planned; this is likely the fault of their commanders that thought they could send fresh recruits possessing very little training into a well-defended garrison controlled by veteran militants.

In the past few weeks, the Syrian Armed Forces have advanced all over the East Ghouta region; however, as of recently, the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command has concentrated a large amount of soldiers to the West Ghouta in order to begin the integral offensive at Darayya.

 

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  1. I watched this massacre in horror. I don’t know exactly what happened, if the NDF soldiers were retreating when they were caught in enfilade fire from their right flank, but I suspect they were retreating to their start lines, and the jihadi’s had used a tunnel to get behind the NDF force.

    I think some answers should be forthcoming as to what went wrong, and how the NDF managed to end up in such a vulnerable position. I saw overhead pictures of the area, and it appears that the NDF were either advancing, or retreating in an area with no cover, no heavy weapons support, and no help.

    It is a real tragedy, and I fear the reaction of the Syrian people to the frittering away of their precious soldiers.

    I sincerely hope whoever was responsible for this poorly planned assault is held responsible.

    The soldiers could have benefited, and survived if they had the support of just 1 or 2 BMP-2’s with slat armor, or even just 1 tank. They could’ve held up behind one of the block buildings, and waited for a tank to come and blast the firing points of the Jihadi’s, or waited for covering fire from a BMP-2’s 2 mm cannon. Or even a rescue by ground troops flanking the flankers.

    Will we get more information on this?

  2. Brothers, I saw the videos. The commander in charge should be persecuted in a military tribunal for sending men to the death like that. To even make them charge fortified rebel positions without ANY tank support is a crime itself.

    They were instead cut down in a fashion more fitting a 1916 trench battle.

  3. Mr.Leith Fadel,

    I find the video you mentioned to be a strange one, for various reasons.
    Have you written this article based on syrian military sources or only based on the claims of pro-terrorist sources?
    Regards