The Syrian army’s 4th Armoured Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah, backed up by the Syrian Air Force, have been conducting an anti-terrorist operation against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Wadi Barada area, located northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
On January 1, government forces launched an attack on Jabhat Fatah al-Sham positions near the village of Ayn Al-Fijah and forced a breach in the terrorists’ defenses by the evening. On January 2, reports appeared that the Syrian army and its allies liberated Ayn Al-Fijah from terrorists. Nonetheless, they still have to be confirmed.
In turn, pro-militant media outlets have launched a massive media campaign, blaiming government forces for “violating” the nationwide ceasefire agreement. Unfortunately, their reports don’t mention that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is a legetimate target according to this agreement.
The Syrian government launched military operation in the Wadi Barada area in December, 2016 after Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies poisoned the water supply line to the government-held area of Damascus.