The Syrian Arab Army’s 52nd Brigade of the 9thth Armored Division countered the rebel offensive from Sunday with a fierce attack at the Busra Al-Sham Castle (Qalat Busra Al-Sham), capturing the entire historical site after a three hour battle with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Brigade.
The 52nd Brigade’s success at the Busra Al-Sham Castle paved the way for reinforcements from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the 17th Brigade of the 5th Armored Division to arrive in this southern Dara’a city and take-up their positions on the western and northern perimeters.
According to a military source, at least 25 militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the FSA’s 1st Brigade were killed, including a female fighter that was found among the dead enemy combatants – she was not identified.
Among the other militants that were killed at Busra Al-Sham, the following enemy combatants were identified to Al-Masdar News: Ahmad Haytham Al-‘Awada, Hussein Ba’alout, ‘Abdel-Rahman Al-Moqdad, Mohammad Al-As’ad, Khaled Kalesh, Amjad ‘Abdel-Ghaffar Al-Firaas, and Ibrahim ‘Abdel-Ghaffar Al-Firaas.
At nearby Hamreen, Jabhat Al-Nusra and the NDF clashed for the third straight day, as the former continues their attempt to secure the main road to Busra Al-Sham in order to supply their comrades combatting the SAA in the city.
Despite their offensive in Hamreen, Jabhat Al-Nusra suffered the loss of a T-55 tank and two other armored vehicles at the hands of the NDF, who repelled the former’s attack once again.