DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:15 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) surrendered Khan Al-Sheih on Sunday to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after more than four years of battle in this key West Ghouta town near the Syrian capital.
With over 3,700 soldiers from the 4th Mechanized and 7th Armoured divisions surrounding Khan Al-Sheih for months, the Syrian Arab Army just received a major boost in terms of manpower to the strategic Golan Heights front in the Al-Quneitra Governorate.
For several months, the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command has discussed operations in the Golan Heights; however, their elite forces were hampered down by the heavy battles taking place in both Darayya and Khan Al-Sheih.
When it came time for the jihadist rebels to surrender Khan Al-Sheih this week, they asked the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command for transportation to the Dara’a Governorate; this was immediately rejected because Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham would send these reinforcements to the Golan Heights.
Now that the 4th Mechanized Division’s elite 42nd Brigade is free to be redeployed, the Golan Heights front will become the new battle-zone in southern Syria, as the government attempts to isolate the jihadist rebels near the Israeli border.