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Quneitra offensive (October 2015)

Quneitra offensive (October 2015)
Part of the Syrian Civil War
2nd Quneitra offensive (2015).svg
The current military situation in Quineitra Governorate. Scene of fighting marked with black box.

     Syrian Army control      Opposition control      Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

     Ongoing confrontation or unclear situation
Date2–24 October 2015
(3 weeks and 1 day)
LocationQuneitra Governorate, Syria
Result

Syrian Army victory

  • Rebels capture the 4th Battalion base,[3] Tall Ahmar[4] and UN hill[5]
  • Army recaptures all territory lost[6]
Belligerents

Free Syrian Army[1]

Jaish al-Haramoun

Syria Syrian Arab Republic

Commanders and leaders
Khaled al-Nabulsi[7] Unknown
Units involved

Southern Front

Army of Conquest

  • Ahrar ash-Sham
  • Al-Nusra Front
  • Tahaluf Fatah al-Sham
  • Liwa al-Jihad
  • Tajamu al-Mujahideen Nawa
  • Liwa Ansar al-Haq
  • Liwa al-Umawayn al-Islami
  • Liwa Fursan al-Sunna[8]
  • Harakat Shuhada al-Sham[1]
Golan Regiment
Liwa Suqour al-Quneitra
90th Brigade[9]
Casualties and losses
19–47 killed[10][11][12][13] Unknown

The Quneitra offensive (October 2015) was launched by Syrian rebel forces, during the Syrian Civil War, in order to capture government-held positions in Quneitra Governorate at: Tall Ahmar, UN hill, Madinat al-Baath and Khan Arnabah. The objective was to break the government siege of Western Ghouta.

The offensive

A rebel mortar fires at government positions during the offensive.

On 4 October, rebels of the Free Syrian Army captured Tall Ahmar after two days of fighting.[4] One of the leaders of the operation was killed during the battle.[14] The Army backed by pro-government militia launched a counter-attack on the hill[9] but was repelled.[5]

On 10 October, rebels captured the "UN hill" and resumed their offensive against Tal Qaba’a.[5] The next day, the Army allegedly managed to recapture the hill.[15] Two days later, the military recaptured Tall Ahmar as well,[16] thus reversing all of the rebel's gains.[6][17] Government forces also advanced in the area of al-Amal farms.[18] That day, the IDF shelled Syrian Army posts after two rockets landed on the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights.[19]

On 24 October, government forces recaptured the 4th Battalion base, reversing all rebel gains since the start of the offensive.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Syrian Rebellion Obs on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "archicivilians on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Account Suspended". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Leith Fadel. "Islamist Rebels Declare Control of Tal Al-Ahmar in the Golan Heights". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Leith Fadel. "Islamist Rebels Declare Control Over U.N. Hill in Al-Quneitra; Renewed Offensive at Tal Qaba'a". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b The Christian Science Monitor (22 October 2015). "Could a Hezbollah offensive test Russia-Iran alliance in Syria?". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Syrian Rebellion Obs on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Charles Lister on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  9. ^ a b Leith Fadel. "Syrian Army and Popular Committees Launch Counter-Attack in the Golan Heights". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  10. ^ Master. "About 10 rebels and soldiers killed in clashes in the countryside of al- Quneitera, while the regime forces shell the countryside of al- Hasakah". Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  11. ^ Leith Fadel. "Syrian Army Repels the Islamist Rebels at Tal Al-Ahmar in the Golan Heights". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  12. ^ Edward. "Helicopters target Darayya and more deaths in clashes at the countryside of Al-Quneitra". Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Account Suspended". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  14. ^ Edward. "The death of one of the leaders of Al-Quneitra's operations in the continuous clashes at the northern countryside". Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  15. ^ Leith Fadel. "Syrian Army Reverses Islamist Gains in the Golan: U.N. Hill Recaptured". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Account Suspended". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  17. ^ Leith Fadel (13 October 2015). "Syrian Army and Popular Committees Recapture Strategic Hilltop in the Golan Heights". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Account Suspended". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Rebels fortify front line with anti-tank missiles". The Daily Star Newspaper - Lebanon. Retrieved 23 May 2016.