Quneitra, the Triangle of Fire

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​Violent clashes erupted in Syria in 2011 have found their way to the southwestern strategic Syrian city of Quneitra. A triangle of fire, the flames of which have spread through the east and south of Damascus, Lebanese borders and Mount Hermon. The flames of fire in Quneitra are fanned by the Israeli regime that fully supports the al-Nusra Front terrorist group in waging an all-out war on the Syrian government. Quneitra, the Triangle of Fire is the story of resistance of the Syrian army, members of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, and Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) against terrorism and Zionism.

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Narration: Since the onset of the war against Syria, the south forces have been engaging intelligence services, those who have left their traces from Al Jalil in north Israeli-occupied territories up to Jordan’s borders. 70 kilometers away from Damascus, the capital city of Syria, this region borders the Golan Heights which have been under the boots of Israeli troops since the 1967 Arab–Israeli War. Here is a strategic triangle. The flames of this triangle lick the east and south of Damascus, Lebanese borders and Mount Hermon. The summit of this mountain cluster straddles the border between Syria and Lebanon. It’s also the buffer zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied territories. The southern slopes of Mount Hermon extend to the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights. The Israeli regime has built a wall known as “Jedar Attayyeb” in this strategic region in a bid to proceed into the east and west of Ghouta.

But above all, it aimed to gnaw away at south Lebanon and Hezbollah in particular.

Whatever happens in Ghalamon, Hamas and Al-Qusayr would have hard repercussions for Haifa and Tel Aviv, a fact that galvanized the Israelis into shaking hands with those involved in the war on Syria. Since the very begging, it was clear that the Israeli regime was keen to have a hand on the war, despite all the efforts its officials made to seem impartial in this regard.

Their reactions have run the whole gamut from complete silences to revealing remarks, showing the depth of the regime’s relations with the armed groups. Retaking the town of Al- Qusayr and its surrounding villages was a slap in the face of the Israel and the Nusra Front and changed the war equations in Syria. Tel Aviv aimed to proceed into Lebanese borders so as to interrupt Hezbollah’s resistance activities by helping terrorist groups. It was here in this place where the battle began officially.

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Narration: The Israeli regime instigated the armed groups in Quneitra to wage an all-out war on the Syrian government. They entered the villages around Al-Qusayr with the help of reinforcements swarming from Jordan’s borders. An attack was mounted on the town of Majdoleyyi and Kodna Dam. The dam was the main aim of the Israeli regime which was seeking ways to increase the level of water in the Yarmouk River.

Given that the Israeli regime was unlikely to fulfill its aims in this region, the armed groups invaded the Quneitra Crossing, after the Israeli troops opened the roads running to the Golan Heights in Syria. But, their initial attempts ended in failure.

We are now at the Quneitra Crossing. Here is the last point where the Syrian Army is positioned. The armed groups have declared that they have taken this crossing, but as you see, the Syrian Army has still this strategic point under control. These positions are occupied by the Israeli regime. UN and Red Cross personnel are also present there. This area has been mined for a long time. The armed groups tried to infiltrate into this area but the Syrian army confronted them and pushed them back into the Israeli-occupied territories. Needless to say, they were helped by the Israeli Army when retreating from this area.

That hill is called “the Red Hill. There is also another hill before it.

What’s that hill called?

It’s called al-Sahi.

This barbed wire fence encircles the Syrian-occupied Golan Heights, a safe haven for the armed groups. The Israeli regime set up the fence to protect the armed groups shuttling between Barika and Beer Ajam.

Here on this hill, the positions of the Israeli Army are only a few meters away from the barbed wire fence.

SOUNDBITE [Arabic], Press TV correspondent: “Is this an Israeli position?”

SOUNDBITE [Arabic], Syrain Soldier: “Yes, this occupied hill is called Abu al-Nadi. It’s a place from where the Israeli soldiers can observe the whole area and where they can set up ambushes. In addition to logistic supports, the Israeli regime offers overt supports to the armed groups; these supports are besides field military hospitals. There is no doubt that the regime provides them with logistics and armaments.”

Narration: We get closer and closer to the border areas – to be exact, to al-Qahtaniyah - where the armed groups have made some progress with the help and support of the Israeli Army. These groups owe their progress to the Israeli-made crossings.

-That’s an Israeli tank.

-That’s right. Zoom in on the tank.

-On the right side, there is a whole down the barbed wire. Yes, there’s a whole.

Narration: We’re now in the town of al-Qahtaniyah. Here is the town where the armed groups did their best to infiltrate into. Over thereare the Israeli-occupied lands and this is the border strip between the occupied and liberated lands. The armed groups tried to enter the area from this point. The armed groups’ failure to enter the Quneitra Crossing enraged the Israeli regime and resulted in the dismissal of their commander,SalimIdris. He was replaced with Abdollah al-Bashir, a fugitive brigadier. The Israeli regime has acknowledged that al-Bashir has been trained in Tel Aviv to carry out missions against the Syrian government.

SOUNDBITE [Arabic], Abdollah al-Bashir, Fugitive brigadier: “The dismissal of Major General SalimIdris. The Supreme Military Council decided to appoint retired Brigadier Abdollah al-Bashir.”

Narration: Al-Bashir had undergone treatment inside Israel. At the time, he was the commander of the opposition groups in south Syria but when the Supreme Military Council of the Free Army dismissed SalimIdris, he was appointed as the Chief Commander of the Free Army. The Israeli Army failed to hide the evacuation of the injured members of the armed groups to Israeli hospitals. The rescue teams are kept on standby nearby the villages the armed groups are fighting.

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Narration: And rumors go around that a large number of injured terrorists are being evacuated to Israeli-occupied territories.

SOUNDBITE [Arabic], An Injured Terrorist: “Some injured terrorists were transferred to the Israeli-occupied territories last year. I expected to be injured so as to enter Israeli. The Nusra Front, is not as bad as it’s been portrayed by others. We were in touch with them there. They try to resolve the problems of the people because the Front is an Islamic organization.”

SOUNDBITE [Arabic], Soldier: “They take those who get killed or injured and transfer them to the Israeli-occupied territories.… And they went to the Israeli-occupied territories. The Israeli regime has paved the way for them and even opened the crossing for them. The regime opened the crossing for them and they went to the Israeli-occupied territories. Yes, they went to the Israeli-occupied territories. They came from Israel when they invaded. The army expected them to enter from another way but they entered and exited from the Israeli crossing. This happens frequently in this region and the Israelis help them enter or exit from Jordan or Lebanon.”

Narration: The Israeli regime paves the way for them and provides them with medical treatment and military training. Israeli helicopters, ambulances and hospitals are at their complete disposal when injured.

-Thank you so much.

-Bless you!

-God bless you! Thank you!

Narration: At that time, that kind of cooperation was revealed in a different way. The overt visit Netanyahu made to the injured at hospital and his talking with them was a clear sign for all that the armed group had never been alone and they had always had the Israeli support with them. At the time, the Israeli regime was increasing his support for the groups thorough many byways Israeli engineers had made. Through those byways, they could enter the Israeli-occupied territories well protected. Through those byways, they could move a large number of fighters to the Israeli-occupied territories for arming and training.

SOUNDBITE [Arabic], Syrian Soldier: “They entered from this strip. We were all here. The first file was killed here. Another group also came from there.

-It means that they came from two sides.

-Yes, from two sides.”

Narration: With the growing number of the injured, the Israeli regime had no choice but to build a field hospital near the village of Sahita near the Golan Heights. And a major conflict in Jubata al-Khashb area and a hospital that accepted the injured and gives them basic treatment. Everyone in need of treatment was sent to hospitals in Safed and Al-Jalil. Communication equipment couldn’t help the armed groups escape from the prying eyes of the Syrian soldiers. Therefore, the Israeli Army provided them with eavesdropping equipment. The equipment the occupying forces set up played a crucial role in the armed conflicts in Quneitra and its surrounding villages. In addition, the armed groups were covered by artillery fire when proceeding through the crossing. Under the auspices of the Israeli regime, the armed groups proceeded and hoisted up the Nusra flag. And then, they were guided to enter the ruined city and to proceed from there to Al-Hamidia, Al-Horriya and Al-Samedania, while their focus was on the strategic hills. But in the end, it was the Syrian Army that had all the hills under control.

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- From the pine grove.

- From there?

- Yes, from the western pine grove which can be seen from down the road, from the crossing.

- They entered the Israeli-occupied territories and they returned from that place.

- Yes, the Soot Grove Crossing. This antenna is for Israeli espionage.

-Yes, a place for the Israelis to eavesdrop. They can eavesdrop from all these hills.

This area is called “Sadr al-Arous”. Is here a place for planes to land?

Yes, here is a place for planes to land. There is a sign of the plane set up there.

This area is called “Sadr al-Arous”.

Narration: Then, the Syrian Army carried out its mission in the west and northwest suburbs of Dar’a, trying to disconnect the flow of Israeli support and put an end to their control over the two provinces of Dar’a and Quneitra and the occupied Golan Heights. The Israeli regime increased its support for the Nusra Front in south Syria. Moreover, auxiliary equipment was added to the Golan Heights to keep it strong enough. This area runs in parallel with the Yarmoul Vale in the south and Majd al-Shams in the north. The regime also carried out more intelligence missions in the whole Golan Heights after declaring it as a closed military zone and particularly after many armed groups retreated from Ghalmoun and Zobdanito join their comrades in the Nusra Front. The armed groups also retreated from east Qutahafter the fall of Maliha and its surrounding towns. This is the very “JidarAttayyeb” that the Israeli regime had pinned its hopes to.

This is the new and the old dream of the Israeli regime because it tries to wage a war on Syria from this area and then to extend it to other parts of south Syria including the liberated parts of the Golan, an area that begins from the west suburbs of Dar’a – two villages of Sahm al-Jolan and al-Rafid – and continues to other villages in Quneitra to Tal al-Hamar which is in front of Tal Abualandi where the Israeli Army monitor every movement there to villages of Hazar and Arna and Jondal Castle at the foot of Al-Sheikh Mountain which the Syrian Army and its allies have under control to Ghalmoun Mountain. This area is about 70 kilometers and includes tens of villages from south Dar’a to the summit of Harmon Mountain. This area is not a buffer zone and UN forces have no control over it. Instead, it has become a safe haven for the armed groups equipped with Israeli weapons. They can enter the occupied territories and move from there to the Golan Heights and Shab’a area in Lebanese borders. This way, the Nusra Front can move easily from one point to another and take a detour to avoid resistance forces.

This conditionprompted the Lebanese Resistance to carry out a mission on October 7, 2014 to draw once more confrontation fronts in the area. On the other hand, the Israeli army wanted to convert this triangle into a golden place where it could fulfill what it couldn’t in other areas and put the Lebanese Resistance under pressure. It was timefor the Resistance to stand up against such geo-military changes and monitor the activities of the Israeli Army in the area from near.

As the Resistance began its intelligence mission in the area, the Israeli Army realized that it was unlikely to fulfill its dream here. Therefore, in a desperate attempt, it attacked Al-Amal plains in the northeast of the village of Avania to aim some Hezbollah forces on an intelligence mission in the area.

The attack claimed the lives of six Resistance forces and one brigadier from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. A few days later, the Resistance drew its plans anew. A mission with the same tactics and at the same time ….

… to begin a new era when borders have no value after being soaked with the blood of the Lebanese and Iranian resistance forces. The battle begins and the reality turns into a triangle of fire. This is one of the Israeli regime’s positions.


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