Moments ago in the Damascus countryside, the Islamist rebel group “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) launched a counter-offensive at the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport in order to recapture the territory they lost to the Syrian Arab Army over the last two weeks.
According to the preliminary reports from the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus, Jaysh Al-Islam captured 6 farms near the P-35 Radar Base that is situated just north of the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport.
The latest field reports indicate that Jaysh Al-Islam and their allies are currently positioned at the northern perimeter of the Helicopter Base (northern base) inside the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport; this has been confirmed by Al-Masdar’s sources from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade and the 416 Regiment of the Republican Guard captured the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport after a two week long battle with the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam; this base was under the aforementioned rebel group’s control for almost three years.
The Marj Al-Sultan is strategically located at the southern sector of the East Ghouta; this area is situated to the east of Damascus (Syrian capital) and just north of the Dara’a Governorate in southern Syria.