From morning until afternoon today, clashes raged in eastern Damascus as Jaish al-Islam attempted to create some much needed breathing space.

Islamist forces attacked newly fortified government positions at Hawsh Nasri, a village in the East Ghouta which was captured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last week.

Jaish al-Islam did make some initial headway, seizing several positions inside Hawsh Nasri itself during the morning hours.

However, a source embedded with the SAA’s Republican Guards assured Al-Masdar News that all lost checkpoints had been recovered by government troops during the afternoon.

The source added that 11 insurgents were killed with approximately a dozen more wounded; the casualties were exclusively inflicted by armored vehicles.

Nevertheless, a spokesman of Jaish al-Islam said rebel fighters had destroyed one T-72 tank along with a BMP during the clashes.

Neither side mentioned today’s SAA death toll.

Hawsh Nasri represents a gateway into Douma, a major Islamist stronghold just east of Damascus which has been under Jaish al-Islam rule since 2012.

Around half the East Ghouta rebel pocket has evaporated over the past three years as government soldiers have gradually rolled back insurgent gains in the Syrian capital.

Hundreds of SAA tanks and thousands of Republican Guards are tied up in Damascus, making it a major priority for the SAA’s Military High Command.

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Bleipriester
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@kit The AMN articles´ comment sections are full of seers like you who don´t have the slightest clue about what they are talking about. Jaish al-Islam is one of strongest “rebel” groups, if not the strongest. They have even captured tanks and it is a major effort to keep them in their pocket. They are Islamist fanatics. You wouldn´t last a second. IDF groundforces, which you praise, have no experience fighting Islamist armies and wouldn´t last a second, either. It would be very nice, if you would let the SAA do their work without you comments, thanks! If ISIS would… Read more »

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Judging by your article it was more like tanks vs infantry…

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Always busy to delete posts criticizing your “customers” ? I am not impressed! Don´t you think he can´t speak for his own if it looks worth to him? Really, I am not impressed.

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GOD BLESS YOU DAMASKUS THE CITY OF Y THE OPOSTEL PAULUS

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They’ve been besieged for years, how do they have tanks???? Let alone guns, ammo, it’s amazing how the SAA has allowed this little bubble to persist when, as soon as they make the slightest effort to go on the offensive, they smash through East Ghouta. Says a lot about the SAA. How they’ve let ISIS, who have just 10,000 or so men in Syria, take half of the country, when they have a few hundred thousand soldiers and an air force. Just like the Iraqis did. Why can’t Arabs fight? Another example, how Israel smashed all of its neighbours on… Read more »

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Blow it out your a*s. Try fighting numerous enemies at once. Not to mention ”israel” is not invincible. Couldnt even beat Hezbollah

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Numerous enemies that the SAA, like the Iraqis, VASTLY OUTNUMBER. With TWO AIR FORCES. Look at Darayya, East Ghouta etc., they’re completely besieged, they should have no access to weapons and ammo, and yet the SAA can’t beat them, a comparatively small amount of militants, it’s embarrassing.

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The half of the country? Keep on dreaming men, this is mostly useless desert.