FSA fighter. Archive photo
In the north-western part of the Syrian province of Deraa armed gangs of the Islamist organization “Free Syrian Army” launched an offensive on February 16, 2016, correspondents of news agency al Masdar News report.
Militants announced the beginning of their attack on Tuesday, 16 February. One of the attack aims of the militants is to regain control over the region to the east of the settlement Kafr Shamis, which they left in the winter 2015 as a result of the offensive undertaken by the 5th Armored Division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with the support of the armed forces of the Lebanese organization “Hezbollah” and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran.
Armed gagngs of several Islamist groups participate in “Free Syrian Army” offensive, including “Liwa al-Furqan”, “Al-Majlis al-Askari, al-Quneitra”, “Jaish al-Yarmuk”, “Jabhat Ansar al-Islam”, ” Jaish al-Sibtin “,” Firka Fajar al-Tawhid “,” Lewa Seif al-Sham “,” Jaish al-Ababil “,” Liva Mujahid Hur “,” 24th Division “,” Division Hamza “and” Jabhat Suvar al-Surya. “
On Monday, February 15 gangs of “Brigades of the South Front,” “Free Syrian Army”, “Jabhat en-Nusra” (Organization banned in Russia) and “Ahrar al-Sham”, attacked settlements Samadaniya Al and Al-Sharqiya in province of Quneitra. However, according to available information, units of the 90th Brigade of the 9th Armored Division of SAA managed to repulse the attack.
15 and 23 February or early March is considered as the date of the armistice in Syria. Since militants announced the launch of their next offensive already on the 16th of February, these terms do not seem possible.