Damascus: Big offensive to capture Quneitra and Daraa – this week

The Syrian military announced formally on Sunday that its army’s 4th armored division will this week launch a major offensive to capture the Quneitra region from rebel control, while its “Tiger Force” backed by 4th division elements will go into action in the Daraa region. These southwestern regions adjoin the Israeli and Jordanian borders respectively. DEBKAfile: Assad has ordered his army to go forward following the failure of the talks in Helsinki on Friday between Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia’s General Staff, to reach agreement on the Syrian question.

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