Syrian Army fully controls Zabadani Mountains for first time since 2011
For the first time since the start of the Syrian Conflict, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is in full control of the Al-Zabadani Mountains (Western Mountains) in western Damascus.
Nearly two years after the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah launched their offensive operations to retake Al-Zabadani, the jihadist rebels freely surrendered the town in exchange for transportation to the Jarabuus border-crossing in northern Aleppo.
Prior to leaving Al-Zabadani today, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham set ablaze several neighborhoods inside this mountainous town; it is believed the militants were burning their ammunition warehouses so that the Syrian Arab Army would not confiscate their supply.
With the Al-Zabadani Mountains fully under their control, the Syrian Arab Army has successfully secured another Lebanese border region, while only leaving one town (Beit Jinn) under jihadist possession near the Golan Heights.