BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – At least a battalion of reinforcements made up of elite pro-government troops has been sent to eastern Damascus to assist local army forces in repelling a large Al-Qaeda-led offensive against a key military installation.

On late-Friday, Al-Masdar News received word that scores of elite pro-government fighters belonging to the Qalamoun Shield Forces were being pulled out of the strategic reserve and sent to Damascus to assist local Syrian Arab Army units in turning back a jihadist offensive in the city’s eastern district of Harasta.

The jihadist armed groups Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) and Ahrar al-Sham (Syrian Muslim Brotherhood affiliate) joined forces and launched a powerful offensive against a key army-held military vehicle depot in the district of Harasta on Friday.

At the present time, Syrian army-led forces have contained joint factional jihadist offensive against the vehicle depot base, however still have yet to reclaim positions that were given up in the opening stages of the attack.

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