DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:10 P.M.) – On Monday, Failaq Al-Rahman (FSA) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) struck a couple of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) armored vehicles in the capital city’s eastern suburb of Damascus.
Despite taking direct hits by both mortar shells and anti-tank missiles, it was not immediately clear whether the T-72 tank nor the other armored vehicles were knocked out:
Fierce clashes have taken place in Jobar since late 2012 as neither side able to break the stalemate and drive through the rubbles to reach enemy heartland.
At the moment, the vast majority of the SAA’s manpower and armored vehicles are tied up in the ‘Big Dawn’ offensive against Islamic State insurgents in eastern Syria.
Effectively, little strategic emphasis is put upon Jobar and the neighboring East Ghouta farmland. SAA offensives in this region have reportedly been postponed by the Military High Command until ISIS is dealt an irreversible blow.
However, the 105th and 106th brigades of the Republican Guard are known to be stationed in the Jobar neighborhood, primarily to keep the FSA and HTS in check before reinforcements return from Deir Ezzor.