DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:45 A.M.) – Remarkable 10-minute battle footage has emerged showing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) capturing some 3000 square kilometers on Monday amid a large-scale offensive targeting rebel-held villages in eastern Sweida.
Preluded by a huge barrage of GRAD rockets, mortars, artillery guns and airstrikes, the SAA and allied paramilitary factions used a variety of anti-tank missiles, light weaponry and technicals to spur a massive insurgent retreat towards the Al-Tanf border region.
As infantry units, motorcycles and armored vehicles subsequently poured into the largely abandoned countryside, government forces managed to capture some 20 villages and hills in less than 12 hours, making it one of the most succesful blitz campaigns throughout the conflict:
With the liberated village names all documented on camera, bulldozers were later called in to fortify the newly captured positions while SAA troops set up camp for the night.
Although a US-Russian brokered southern Syria ceasefire is in effect across Daraa, Quneitra and western Sweida, the latter province’s eastern countryside is carefully excluded from the agreement and thus remains a legitimate target for the SAA.