Prior to their large-scale assault in the Qalamoun Mountains, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized and the 1st Armored Divisions – in coordination with Hezbollah – were on the offensive at the Western Mountains that overlook the strategic border-city of Al-Zabadani, where they endeavored to cutoff the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” from the Nahleh Municipality in Lebanon.

With Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces concluding their offensive in the Qalamoun Mountains, the Syrian Arab Army’s 13th Brigade of the 1st Armored Division and soldiers from the elite 4th Mechanized Division have restarted operations in the Eastern and Western Mountains of Al-Zabadani; this city is situated between the resort-town of Bloudan to the east and the mountainous village of Kafr Yabous to the west.

The Syrian Armed Forces began their operations on Monday morning, when soldiers from the 4th Mechanized Division carried out a fierce assault on the militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Liwaa Suqour Al-Zabadani at Qa’alat Al-Zabadani located in the Eastern Mountains, killing over 30 enemy combatants and seizing over 30 missiles and rockets belonging to the latter.

In the coming days, the assault on the city of Al-Zabadani is likely to intensify, with the Syrian Armed Forces deploying more soldiers to this front, while Hezbollah concludes the battle against Jabhat Al-Nusra at the Qalamoun Mountains of the Rif Dimashq Governorate.

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