BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The rebel forces surrendered three villages in the western countryside of Damascus on Tuesday, leaving the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in position to have full control over the Damascus-Golan Heights border for the first time in four years.

According to a military source in Damascus, the villages of Beit Sabr, Kafr Hawr, and Beit Timah were surrendered by the rebel forces on Tuesday after lengthy negotiations with the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command.

With these aforementioned villages under the Syrian Arab Army’s control, all that remains is the Beit Jinn pocket and the towns of Kanakir and Zakiyah, which are currently undergoing negotiations with the High Command of the Syrian Armed Forces.

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However, unlike Kanakir and Zakiyah, the rebels in Beit Jinn are not interested in reconciliation with the government, meaning that this will likely result in a battle between the militants and Syrian Arab Army.

 

 

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      • Wadi Barada controls the water supply for 5 million civilians in Damascus which the rebels poisoned with diesel oil over Christmas. Would you just leave them there to do it again?

        The only artillery fire from Israel is against Syrian Government forces. Obvious Israel is on the side of terrorism.

        • I was not talking about the water resources of Wadi Barada pocket. They IMHO are further from Israel. AFAIK Beit Jinn pocket is about 20 km below slightly to the left of Wadi Barada. Beit Jinn pocket is about 3 km from Mount Hermon near Golan. Wadi Barada is nearer to the Beka valley maybe 5 km from Al-Zabadani. p.s. In the Golan the militants several times provoked ISrael to shoot at SAA.

        • It’s a lot more complicated than that; this is all because Syria flooded Lebanon with Palestinian refugees, who started a war with Lebanese Christians that essentially took over Lebanon, leaving the foreign backed Hezbollah as the main military power. So Israel are just trying to do what Syria/Iran did to Lebanon and therefore Israel, when Hezbollah started wars with Israel by killing border guards and such.

          Israel would’ve been far less likely to do anything to Syria if Hezbollah, Iran etc. weren’t so belligerent to Israel’s very existence, so there’s no innocence at all on Syria’s/Iran’s behalf.

        • Sy : It’s not Wadi Barada area!
          Israel is simply on the side of their own security. and remember that although they fight with honour in Syria, both Hezbollah and IRGC are considered terrorist groups in many countries and not without good reasons. At the Israeli level, there are 4 groups listed : Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Nusra and Daesh… Remember that Hezbollah’s (formerly known as OIJ, Organisation of Islamic Jihad) 1st terror attack killed “just” 301 Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Lebanon which were deployed to stop the Maronite militias from mass murdering Palestinians while Sharon didn’t moved a little finger (thus, much later, Sharon also said that… Israel created Hezbollah! And well, PLO was doing shit everywhere they went, hey, it’s even not IDF that ousted them from Lebanon but… SAA!!!).
          Actually, the best scenario fot Israel is having HB+IRGC and Qaeda+Daesh annihilating each other. Thus, although no measures were taken, probably due to the serious check Obongo, although a clear Bibi hater, signed to Israel as military help, their air-marshall publicly said they were considering a massive air campaign vs. Daesh and they already help Egypt against ’em as they helped al-Sisi to overthrow Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and well, Qaeda is a MB offshoot, so… There are 2 points you may consider : They won’t tolerate HB to smuggle hi-tech weaponry into Lebanon or install itself at Golan borders, they won’t tolerate IRGC to have permanent bases into Syria once the war is over.
          Nevertheless, I have exactly the same advice Putin has about Israel, well, seems we both have chess-player logics, hehe. Actually, he thought that the IDF air-marshall was great. My advice is the best thing they could do would be a massive campaign against both Daesh and Qaeda andeven give air support to… HB and IRGC (!!!!!). Nonetheless, they’d get the world rid of a lot of serious scum but giving a helping hand to an old enemy while he’s in serious trouble, isn’t it a great way to change this enemy in… a friend? Moreover Israel OPENLY helping an Arab country : WOW! Now, who knows, could happen with Trump in power (?).

      • Stern :
        “They only need to fire a few shell into Israel to get real artillery support targeting SAA”
        => This didn’t happened this way on former cases : You really had some too zealous SAA guys who shelled. When Daesh shot @ IDF, KHA bombed Daesh, not SAA.
        If you look closely to the facts, Israelis didn’t even shelled back, they sent aircraft and EVERYTIME but one in the last year, they managed to not make a single casualty. The only casualties were when a mortar team had made IDF launch an Iron Dome interceptor. This happens ONLY when the shell trajectory is about to hit a populated area. On this case, they bombed the mortar team, so there was 1 dead and 5 injured.
        What many do not seem to know is that systems like Iron Dome or Iron beam (laser!) do not only intercept : they also calculate trajectories so IDF perfectly knows from where it was shot.
        What many have great troubles to understand is that Israelis in their great majority don’t hate Arabs, actually, near 2M Israelis are Arab muslims (yuuuup!), this makes around 22% population and they have representatives at the Knesset etc. Most of IDF guys in West Bank and border guards are arabs too (!)
        Now there are other facts : IDF has very strict ROEs (rules of engagement).
        Now, I’m FAR to agree about a lot of things that are done thus, most of the time, what you may read or hear about them is pure racist bullshit and just read Koran and you’ll know from where it comes! It’s as true as what MSM says about Assad!
        Hey, I know Arabs who, if they lose their car keys curse the Jews about it! Their kids suck at school? The teacher must be a Jew! And they’re in fucking France and don’t know a single Jew or if they know one, they don’t know he/she’s so!

        • Ok. I am miss informed then. Probably my memory mixed Turkish and Israeli border incidents. Or I fell to propaganda info. p.s. The “bullshit” does not come from the Quran. It is likely from Sharia parts based on Hadith. Your old French ibn Maghreb immigrants are more backward than our new German ibn Mashriq refugees it seems. LOL