Relocated from the Syrian capital, a large convoy of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements arrived in the provincical capital of Daraa on Thursday, representing the third batch of troops from the 4th Mechachanized Division to arrive in the southern city over the week.
The 42nd Brigade – also known as the Ghaith Forces – brought with them dozens of so-called ‘Adra T-72’ tanks and scores of elephant rockets mounted on pickup trucks:
The 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is considered the strongest in the SAA and was previously commanded by Maher al-Assad himself, the younger brother of the Syrian President.
This seasoned brigade is currently led by Colonel Ghiath Dalleh who singlehandedly retook half a dozen rebel pockets around Damascus in the past year alone.
With overwhelming manpower and weaponry in the process of deployment in Daraa city, the SAA is expected to unleash a huge ground offensive on the Al-Manshiyah and Deraa Al-Balaad neighborhoods, both of which were bombarded by Syrian warplanes on Thursday.
The coming campaign in Daraa represents the 42nd Brigade’s first military operations outside the Syrian capital.
Source: Al-Masdar News