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BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Despite the sheer strength in firepower and numbers the Syrian Arab Army plans to hit East Ghouta-based militant groups with for its upcoming offensive, there exists a number of very real threats that have in the past brought other powerful government operations across the region to a virtual standstill.

The first among the these great threats is the use tunnel and building bombs by rebel groups. Observing the past, it can be seen that the well-timed detonation of a tunnel or building bomb by militants can wipe-out entire platoon of Syrian Army troops.

The second serious danger is anti-tank missiles. At the present time, it is unclear just how many anti-tank missiles rebels in East Ghouta have in their possession, particularly so after the last great army operation to capture Jobar and Ayn Tarma districts during July and August.

In any case, rebel groups like Faylaq al-Rahman and Jaysh al-Islam have elite tank hunter teams, each with multiple kills to their title who generally hit their mark every time.

Prepared kill-zones represent the third great threat. In districts like Jobar, Ayn Tarma and Zamalka, rebel fighters have had years to refine their defensive strong-points along key streets and crossroads. Using crack-shot snipers and heavy machine guns, militants have, in the past been able to pin-down and even kill entire squads and platoons of Syrian troops.

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JerryDrakeJr
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Just smoke, a lot of smoke. And tear gas, of course! Bearded oxen have no defense against it.

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Soizic

The problem here is the population on the same place. Most of them are trapped since long years.

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Acceptable casualties. Sarin gas the entire area.

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this population supports Jihadis. actually, they’re all the jihadis. including the kids. except, probably, some women.
everywhere else, where the population was against the war and jihadi, they took reconciliation with Asad

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Using any form of gas is most unwise as the US/France/Israel are itching to bomb the SAA. Its better to use thermobarics I think. Take all the countryside first and then burn the Takfiri bastards to death in the fortified points. Use ground radar to search for tunnels etc and leave some fighting troops in the rear areas to counter any infiltration.

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Jerry : tear gas is forbidden to militaries by international conventions. It’s OK for the police, not for the soldiers.
Same for hollow-point bullets.
It’s pretty easy to clear the way : air drop FAB-1500 or FAB-3000 or KAB-1500 (the guided version of FAB-1500) and replace any building by a crater.
Tunnels will just be buried under rumbles and being already blasted, no more building-bombs.

Françoise : unfortunately, you don’t do an omelette without breaking eggs.

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Forewarned is fore-armed.

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fight against tunnels is not that hard. just use fire near each entrance. do not bother even entering it. just fill it with smoke. they will die of suffocation.
For the tunnel bombs, SAA should use heavy artillery and also they have to dig tunnels as well. SAA should use the same tactic. they should no stay (or live) in one place. they constantly have to move.

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Starve them out. If they a too strongly entrenched.

ziad
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scorched earth policy is the only way to go here and to h**l withe casualties whom are most likely supporters anyways

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They plant all tunnel bombs in the building but tigers must clear two path with well depth from non constructural area and circle them by the airbomb supports

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Large bowsers of water to inundate the area prior to each advance. Water seeps down to the tunnels flooding them and drowning the terrorists who are inside or forcing the others to come out like mice only to be shot at. As for the strategy, it needs to be an attack from multiple fronts to scatter the terror force. Till now the SAA has always concentrated on particular areas only, giving the terrorists the chance to concentrate all their firepower there. Storming from different axis will force thin the terrorist resources making it easier for the Syrian government troops to… Read more »