Two weeks ago, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades”, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” launched a wide-scale offensive to capture the remaining hilltops surrounding the imperative government controlled city of Khan ‘Arnabeh inside the Golan Heights.

The Islamist rebels were somewhat successful in this military endeavor, as they captured the strategic hilltop of Tal Al-Ahmar from Fouj Al-Joulan (Golan Regiment) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra (Al-Quneitra Hawks Brigade) of the National Defense Forces (NDF) after an intense series of firefights.

One week later, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army’s Southern Front Brigades took control of another vital hilltop in the Golan Heights; this time, the U.N. Hill (Tal Qaba’a) was declared under their control after Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra withdrew east from the hilltop towards the city of Khan ‘Arnabeh.

Six hours after their withdrawal, the Syrian Armed Forces launched a counter-assault to reclaim the U.N. Hill, killing a dozen enemy combatants before reversing the Islamist rebel gains.

On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade – in coordination with Fouj Al-Joulan and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra – launched a counter-assault on the Southern Front Brigades’ defensive positions at Tal Al-Ahmar, capturing the hilltop from the Islamist rebel fighters after a brief engagement.

With Tal Al-Ahmar recaptured, the Syrian Armed Forces have reversed all of the Islamist rebel gains from their offensive inside the Golan Heights of the Al-Quneitra Governorate.

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