BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – Syrian Arab Army Republican Guard troops have carried out a deadly ambush against Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army-linked Faylaq al-Rahman faction in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ayn Tarma.
According to military sources, yesterday the Syrian Army, observing rebel movements near the front-line, pre-dialed a section of road running between two large buildings for Republic Guard artillery assets.
Not long after the trap was laid, a group of 12 militants emerged from one of the buildings and, sure enough, began to run down the artillery-marked street to the other building.
At this moment, Syrian troops overseeing the ambush called in their pre-set artillery barrage, catching the rebels on open road.
The barrage devastated the Islamist militant raiding group, killing seven fighters outright and wounding the rest who were then forced to hobble away in retreat.
The ambush comes at a time when the Syrian Army is once against escalating its rocket and artillery attacks against militant positions and movements throughout the districts of Jobar and Ayn Tarma as part of a renewed effort to push armed gunmen from these areas.