BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 A.M.) – The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday that called for a 30 day ceasefire to immediately be implemented in the East Ghouta region of Damascus.
Based on the terms of the resolution, all areas absent of the Islamic State (ISIS) and Jabhat Al-Nusra will be under this agreement.
Since the Islamic State does not actually have a presence in the East Ghouta, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will focus on the jihadist group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham).
According to a military source in Damascus, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham currently has a presence inside the following suburbs: Jobar, ‘Ayn Tarma, Harasta, and Arbeen.
These aforementioned suburbs have the largest concentration of Faylaq Al-Rahman fighters and were already targeted by the Syrian Army prior to the ceasefire.
Almost all areas controlled by Faylaq Al-Rahman have a Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham presence, which leaves their territory out of the ceasefire deal.
Both the Syrian Army and Russian military have repeatedly warned Faylaq Al-Rahman about allowing HTS to operate within their territory; however, they refuse to expel the latter from the East Ghouta.