On December 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) secured a major part of the village of Mughr al-Mir north of the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) stronghold of Beit Jinn in the Western Ghouta region, according to Syrian pro-government sources.
Earlier, local sources said that the SAA imposed a fire control over Mughr al-Mir after successfully besieging the village from the northern, eastern and western directions.
The SAA killed two HTS fighters and destroyed two HTS vehicles armed with heavy guns during the clashes around Mughr al-Mir, according to local sources.
An SAA officer who is taking part in the ongoing military operation in Western Ghouta told South Front that the SAA is currently negotiating with HTS to expel its fighters to the northern Idlib governorate.
The SAA officer also revealed that most HTS fighters and commanders support a deal with the SAA. However, many foreign fighters who are stationed in Beit Jinn are against such a deal, according to the officer.
HTS will likely accept the deal once the SAA fully captures Mughr al-Mir and attacks Beit Jinn. Till then HTS commanders in Western Ghouta will push their foreign fighters to the front lines to get rid of them, as they did in many other regions before.