The Syrian Armed Forces and its allies made today a substantial progress in two key bastions in Eastern Ghouta region that have been under the control Islamist fighters for years.
The two towns, Deir al-Asafir and Zabdin, have for long served as an invincible fortresses for both the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam and the al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, Jabhet al-Nusra. Other minor groups, like Falyaq al-Rahman and Jaish al-Fustat have also found a safe haven in the area.
Today’s advances come as the infighting between the two major groups, Jaish al-Islam and Jabhet al-Nusra, has dramatically escalated in the recent weeks, killing hundreds of militants from both sides.
A field reporter accompanying the Syrian Army in the battleground told Al-Masdar News that government troops are now demining the areas it seized today as sporadic skirmishes continue.
Today’s significant advance grant the government forces full control over large swaths of Eastern Ghouta, and might as well open the door for extensive and more challenging battles in the region.