Damascus, Syria (1:40 P.M.) – One of the longest battles in this Syrian conflict is finally over after Liwaa Shuhada Al-Islam and their affiliates officially surrendered the strategic town of Darayya to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Friday morning.
The battle for Darayya lasted four grueling years, with both the Syrian Arab Army and Islamist rebels deadlocked for control of the town for much of that time.
Even with the town partially besieged by the government forces, the Islamist rebels held their own for two years, beating back assault-after-assault, despite limited provisions and little hope of being saved by their comrades in the West Ghouta.
The final chapter of this battle came when the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division effectively cutoff the road linking Darayya with the nearby town of Mo’adhimiyah.
The Mo’adhimiyah rebels reconciled with the government shortly after this event, leaving the militants inside of Darayya completely isolated.
With Darayya under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces can now redeploy their 2,500 soldiers and heavy armory to another important front that could use experienced reinforcements.