BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division kicked off a new offensive in the Wadi Barada area of Damascus on Friday night after the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) refused to leave the area.
Intially, the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command offered to transport the jihadist rebels to the Idlib Governorate as part of a deal that would have them surrender the Wadi Barada area to the government.
Unwilling to leave, the Syrian Armed Forces gave the jihadists an ultimatum last weekend to either accept the deal or they will be attacked by the army – Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham rejected the deal.
As a result, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division stormed Bassimah in the Wadi Barada area, resulting in the capture of two important points overlooking the aforementioned village.
According to a military source in Damascus, the jihadist rebels suffered more than 10 casualties during the Syrian Arab Army’s attack, while also losing 2 mounted machine guns.
The Syrian Armed Forces are pushing for a ceasefire deal in Wadi Barada that is similar to the Al-Tal agreement that was put in place earlier this month.