DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:10 P.M.) – Over 20 surface-to-surface missiles hammered jihadist frontier positions in the Beit Jenn pocket, located some 45 kilometers southwest of Damascus, on Friday amid an ongoing offensive by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that ultimately looks to finish a long-standing militant enclave near the border with Israel.
The missiles launched were identified as M270 MLRS rockets, a Russian-manufactured missile system which the SAA in recent weeks has deployed against jihadist forces across multiple locations in the countryside of Damascus, also known simply as Rif Dimashq.
Russian television obtained footage recorded by a Syrian soldier showing today’s missile launch which specifically targeted Magher Al-Meir, a jihadist-held town in the Beit Jenn pocket that is believed to be next on the agenda for SAA commanders.
After a month-long deadlock, government forces achieved a major breakthrough on Friday afternoon as they captured a neighboring hill called Tall Bardyah, effectively imposing fire control over the town Magher Al-Meir, in turn setting up the SAA’s assault troops for a coming blitz operation.
The Beit Jenn pocket is made up of a handful of jihadist-controlled towns and a large chunk of hilly rural terrain. Although about a dozen militant factions are present in the area, the Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) is believed to be the most prominent militia on this axis.