DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:15 P.M) – Valuable information regarding a network of insurgent trenches and tunnels in Jobar were leaked after a handful of militants deserted from Failaq al-Rahman (Free Syrian Army branch) on Saturday.
Bringing with them dozens of family members, the small FSA unit managed to flee westwards, bypassing the ongoing skirmishes in the Arfeh sector to reach government-held territory.
After being given a warm welcome by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the five former opposition fighters agreed to reveal everything they knew regarding the FSA’s and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defensive fortifications in eastern Damascus.
In turn, this information will enable the SAA’s 105th and 106th Brigades of the Republican Guard to speed up their push through the embattled Jobar and Ayn Tarma suburbs.
According to a rebel source, the five militants previously served with Jaish Al-Islam before joining the FSA in 2016. Now, they have volunteered to be enrolled in SAA ranks instead.