On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 102nd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in close coordination with the 416th Regiment and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – launched a large-scale offensive around the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport, attacking the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) at 4 different axes.
The following day, the Syrian Armed Forces entered the small village of Al-Bilaliyah at the eastern perimeter of the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport, seizing most of the farms inside of it before sundown on Sunday night.
Earlier this morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 102nd Brigade and their allies finally imposed full control over the entire village, killing an estimated 20 enemy combatants during their impressive advance from the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport’s eastern perimeter.
With Al-Bilaliyah under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces will now divert their attention to the 3 other villages surrounding the strategic airport; specifically, they will be targeting the small village of Al-Nashabiyah, which is situated at the northeastern perimeter of the Marj Al-Sultan village.
Most of these villages the Syrian Armed Forces are attacking in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus were captured by the Islamist rebels in mid-2012; these farms are mostly abandoned and have had their resources plundered by the Islamists.