BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) shock troops from the 9th Brigade and Republican Guard are amassing in the western part of the Dara’a Governorate, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar this morning.

According to the source, the 9th Division has already deployed to the Dara’a Governorate, but the Republican Guard is now moving troops from Damascus to the Dara’a Governorate.

These units from the Republican Guard are primarily shock troops that will be used to storm heavily fortified areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their rebel allies in Dara’a.

In addition to these shock troops, another large convoy of 4th Division personnel are expected to arrive in the Dara’a Governorate in the coming hours.

The 4th Division has been tasked with leading the offensive to retake the strategic Nassib Crossing in the southern part of the province.

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