Moments ago, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Damascus City and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – broke-through Jaysh Al-Islam’s (Army of Islam) defenses at the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airbase and reportedly entered this large compound in the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate.
According to a military source from the Syrian capital, the Syrian Armed Forces launched an early morning attack on Jaysh Al-Islam’s defenses on the army base located at the western sector of Deir Salman; this resulted in the Republican Guard forces imposing full control over this military installation at the southern perimeter of the Marj Al-Sultan Airbase.
Following the capture of the army base, the Republican Guard and their allies pushed towards the army terrain that is situated to the south of the helicopter fields, capturing half of the area before 8 A.M. (Damascus Time).
Currently, the Republican Guard and their allies are making a push towards the helicopter fields; if they are able to seize this airfield from the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam, they will be in position to strike the village of Marj Al-Sultan from its southern flank.
Marj Al-Sultan Military Airbase has been under the control of the Islamist rebels since 2012; it was one of the first military installations that the militants from Jaysh Al-Islam (formerly “Liwaa Al-Islam”) captured during their summer offensive in the East Ghouta.