BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:57 P.M.) – Following the swift seizure of Uataya, Hazrama and An-Nashabiyah from Islamist rebels in Damascus’ East Ghouta region earlier on Saturday, the Syrian Army is now on the verge of capturing yet another long-standing militant stronghold – the town of Ash-Shifunyah.
According to reports from some military-affiliated sources, the Syrian Army has managed to seize at least half of Ash-Shifunyah following 24 hours of violent clashes with Jaysh al-Islam fighters.
Interesting enough, Al-Masdar News journalist Ibrahim Joudeh has stated that Syrian troops actually control more like 80 to 90 percent of the town.
In any case, it has become apparent that Ash-Shifunyah will likely fall to the Syrian Army very soon, particularly since most of the assault units involved in the Uataya battle are now freed for operations elsewhere.
Should the town be seized within the next few hours then the Syrian Army will have captured its forth militant stronghold of the day – a record advance in the history of East Ghouta operations.