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Killed ANG-fighter made it possible to issued an ultimatum to Rebels to leave Hermon (Photos)

According to Inside Syria Media Center’s military sources, a captain and an Arab Nationalist Guard fighter killed by Rebels in recent clashes allowed the Government forces to issue a 72hrs ultimatum to Rebels to leave Hermon.

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Mount Hermon (Arabic: جبل الشيخ or جبل حرمون‎ / ALA-LC: Jabal al-Shaykh (“Mountain of the Sheikh”) or Jabal Haramun; Hebrew: הר חרמון‎, Har Hermon) is a mountain cluster constituting the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. Its summit straddles the border between Syria and Lebanon and, at 2,814 m (9,232 ft) above sea level, is the highest point in Syria. On the top, in the United Nations buffer zone between Syrian and Israeli-occupied territories, is the highest permanently manned UN position in the world, known as “Hermon Hotel”. The southern slopes of Mount Hermon extend to the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights, where the Mount Hermon ski resort is located. A peak in this area rising to 2,236 m (7,336 ft) is the highest elevation in the Israeli-controlled territory.

The Arab Nationalist Guard (Arabic: الحرس القومي العربي‎) is a secular volunteer militia force operating in Syria. The group espouses an Arab nationalist ideology, gathering away from any sectarian, ethnic, or religious extremism. The Arab Nationalist Guard’s membership includes nationalists from a variety of Arab countries, including Egypt , Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Syria, and Yemen. Some of their militiamen had fought previously in the Libyan Civil War and the Iraq War. The group’s ideology falls in line with pan-Arab ideals, as well as with anti-Zionism and anti-colonialism. The Arab Nationalist Guard has its own manifesto, where it is stated that the units names are inspired from Arab politicians and martyrs who have led secularist and Arab national movements in the Middle East and North Africa region or were killed by Islamists.

The Arab Nationalist Guard, which cooperates closely with the Syrian army and the National Defense Force militia, operates in a number of areas of Syria, including Damascus, Daraa, Homs and Aleppo governorates. From the open-source evidence that has emerged, it would appear that Damascus province is the primary region of focus for the Arab Nationalist Guard, playing a role in the recent regime offensive on the Qalamoun area.

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