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~ Al-Akhbar translation from the Arabic Edition ~

A tank confiscated by rebel fighters fires at a pro-government position near the Syrian city of Hama, on February 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP- Abu Hadi al-Hamwi)(Photo: AFP- Abu Hadi al-Hamwi)

As news about preparations by opposition fighters for a major offensive from the south of Damascus on the Syrian capital emerge, Al-Akhbar learned that the Syrian army is getting ready to confront any surprise attack after “monitoring, for some time, movements along the Jordanian border.”

As the battle in the city of Yabroud in the Qalamoun region continues, resulting in the death of large numbers of opposition fighters, the Syrian army is preparing for “a possible major offensive by insurgents from south of Damascus against the capital after the failure of the Geneva II negotiations.”

A source in the Syrian army told Al-Akhbar that “the army is ready for any surprise attack,” pointing out that “opposition fighters are amassing in Daraa and if they attack it will be from there.” He added: “There are serious preparations along…

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