BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army kicked-off its long awaited counter-offensive aimed at lifting the siege on a key army base in the east Damascus district of Harasta.
Video footage has emerged showing one of the main Syrian Army commanders leading the Harasta counter-offensive, Colonel Nizar Fandi, alongside a captured jihadist fighter from the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) terrorist group.
In the video, Fandi comments on the captured enemy fighter referring to him as a ‘Nusra dog’ and then goes on to state to the besieged Syrian troops at the vehicle depot base that ‘we’re coming to liberate you.’
Colonel Nizar Fandi is currently leading the elite shock troop battalions of the 9th Armoured Division that are present on the Harasta front. His main area of operations prior to the emergency in east Damascus was Daraa where he has achieved many noteworthy victories.