BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – In the wake of a large-scale trans-provincial offensive launched by pro-government forces in the southwestern Syrian Badia, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has captured alive two US-backed mercenaries belonging the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The two mercenaries shown in the video below likely had their positions overrun by pro-government forces in the initial phase of the offensive. Indeed, the entire pro-government operation – despite weeks of preparation that was photo documented – came as a shock to all observers due to the size and suddenness of it.
The US-backed FSA franchises that operate in the southwestern desert region of Syria are made up of troops who are trained, armed and contracted by the US Department of State (DoS).
Most Badia-based FSA fighters are natives of Deir Ezzor Governonate who prior to 2014 had cooperated with the Jabhat al-Nusra Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group against pro-government forces in that region.
The current purpose of these mercenaries is to create a buffer zone between Syrian pro-government forces and the Iraqi border, although the official line upheld by Washington insists that their job is to fight ISIS.