After a quiet month in February, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard resumed their offensive at the rebel-stronghold of Douma, targeting Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) positions in southern part of the Al-Aliyah Farms.
The Republican Guard’s attack on the Al-Aliyah Farms resulted in the death of 14 militants from Jaysh Al-Islam, including Lu’ayy Safwan Al-Di’ab, Bassel Mohammad Na’oum, and Yousif ‘Abdel-Rahman Al-Barakat.
According to a military source in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, the 105th Brigade killed 36 militants from Jaysh Al-Islam at the Medical Tower, Al-Ansar Mosque, and the city park near the city of Douma on Monday.
Fierce clashes are still ongoing between the 104th Brigade and Jaysh Al-Islam southwest of the Al-Wafadeen Refugee Camp – the former is attempting to break into the northern suburbs of this rebel stronghold.
East of Douma, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) bombarded Jaysh Al-Islam at the dilapidated remains of the Jobar Teachers Tower; this allowed for the 104th Brigade and National Defense Forces (NDF) to advance into three of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The SAA killed – “Abu ‘Usama – the field commander from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” (Victory Front) at the village of Faleeta in the Qalamoun Mountains, along with six of his associates from the organization.
Hezbollah (Party of God) and the SAA continued their offensive in western Al-Zabadani, as they progressed from Tal Saroukha (Rocket Hill) and Tal Al-Hawa (Windy Hill) to the smaller hills overlooking the city.