NOTE: The following is an opinion piece that does not necessarily reflect the views of Al-Masdar News.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – Syrian conflict opposition ‘analysts’ are convinced that any future Syrian Army offensive to clear rebel-held areas of Daraa province and nearby governorates will be defeated by militant forces.
Without naming names (for the sake of decency), these are the same sources who mocked the Syrian Army’s ‘Damascus Steel’ offensive when it was in its preparation stages.
In particular, much insult was directed to the elite Tiger Forces Division of the Syrian Army which opposition analysts and rebels alike thought was about to suffer a major defeat that would forever stain its name – to this end there was much talk among rebels (mirrored by opposition sources) of the upcoming failure of the ‘Paper Tigers’ or ‘Pink Panthers’ and so on the name-calling went.
Exactly one month since the Syrian Army launched its offensive and rebels in East Ghouta now only control about 10 percent of the territory they held prior to the operation – the wished-for US strikes never came, huge numbers of militants are being evacuated and the battle is effectively over.
But apparently Daraa with its sweeping countryside – ideal for armored warfare as opposed to the urban terrain of East Ghouta – will be the site of the Syrian Army’s great defeat (just like Homs, Aleppo and East Ghouta were all meant to be); a combination of rebel determination and Israeli resolve will apparently ensure this.
It is unknown when the Syrian Army will commit to a major operation to clear Daraa of armed rebel groups, however one thing that can be guaranteed when it does finally happen is that government forces – having thoroughly covered diplomatic and military preparations beforehand – will win like they have every other time.