BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:38 P.M.) – Moments ago, armed rebel groups based in the eastern Qalamoun mountains kicked-off a revenge offensive against Syrian government forces.
At the present time, the scale of the rebel assault (in terms of manpower and equipment) and the direction in which it is being undertaken is unknown at this time.
What is known is that the militant operation is being carried out to both avenge allied rebel factions in Damascus’ East Ghouta region and, as insurgents hope, to force the Syrian Army to divert militant resources away from its operation near the capital city.
Just like their militant brother forces in East Ghouta, rebel groups operating out of the eastern Qalamoun mountains are completely besieged by the Syrian Army and have virtually no hope of ever breaking out.
Prior to the Syrian Army’s ‘Damascus Steel’ operation in East Ghouta three weeks ago, insurgent militias in the eastern Qalamoun mountains had always been quite placid in accordance with a long-established regional ceasefire agreement between them and government forces.