The Islamist rebels from “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” have had a rough month in rural Damascus and it appears that their string of bad luck is only just beginning as the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard continues their large-scale offensive at the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airbase. in the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region.
On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Damascus City and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – carried out a powerful assault on Jaysh Al-Islam’s defensive positions at the village of Al-Ruhba, killing several enemy combatants, while also destroying four armored vehicles that were reportedly mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
Following a series of intense clashes with the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam and Jabhat Al-Nusra, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade and their allies imposed full control over Al-Ruhba and its surrounding farms, marking the first time since 2012 that the Syrian Armed Forces have entered this imperative part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate.
According to a military source in the Syrian capital, the Syrian Armed Forces are in control of three quarters of the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airbase, leaving only the army terrain in their way before they can declare it captured.
Should the Syrian Armed Forces capture the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airbase; this would mark the first time since 2012 that the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over this site in the Rif Dimashq’s Governorate’s southern countryside.