BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – A YouTube channel called Ollie Bye released a nearly three-minute-long video that chronicled the seven-year battle for Damascus and its countryside.
As shown in the short video, the battle started off with a great deal of success for the Islamist rebels, led by Jaysh Al-Islam, with almost all of East Ghouta region falling to the opposition.
However, the Islamist rebel advance would ultimately be stalled by late 2013, when the Syrian Arab Army, alongside Hezbollah, were able to retake much of the western slopes of the Qalamoun Mountain region.
This advance in the western Qalamoun later paved the way for the Syrian Army and Hezbollah to retake historic Christian city of Ma’aloula and key town of Al-Maliha in the East Ghouta region.
In 2015, the Syrian military and Hezbollah launched their second major offensive in the Qalamoun Mountains and East Ghouta; this would later make way for their last operation in 2018.