BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:47 P.M.) – Moments ago, vanguard forces of the Syrian Army scored a major advance inside rebel-controlled areas of Damascus’ East Ghouta region, seizing the militant stronghold towns of Uataya, An-Nashabiyah and Hazrama.

The victory was achieved after an entire day of heavy clashes between the Syrian Army and rebel forces of the Jaysh al-Islam faction near to and inside Uataya.

In the end, superior firepower in the form of tanks, artillery and airstrikes would propel Syrian troops to overrun all militant defense lines and strong-points within the town.

By this advance, the Syrian Army virtually isolated the towns of An-Nashabiyah and Hazrama from all other militant-held areas within East Ghouta and de facto split to the insurgent pocket into two.

However, when the Syrian Army entered An-Nashabiyah and Hazrama, it found the towns to be completely bereft of insurgent fighters who had fled both settlements in the final hours of the Uataya battle to avoid being encircled.

Thus in a day of campaigning, the Syrian Army has managed to wrest control of three large towns in East Ghouta which for years prior represented unbreachable militant strongholds.

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Slick Driver

I get confused by the many names of these groups! So to keep it simple, I just support whatever Assad is supporting and I know I can’t be far wrong.

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Stern Daler

Hope they also circumvented some more defence lines.

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prince teutonic

Now they should split the pocket on horizontal axis by taking Misraba and Mudayrah…

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Syria should place snipers alongside the humanitarian gateways – wait for terrorists to fire, see where it’s coming from and kill the terrorists. Why can’t they do this? They’re doing the right thing by breaking down the whole and working on bits at a time. Good luck, guys! My best wishes go to you along with my prayers for your safety!