Following week-long clashes after the capture of the imperative village of Hawsh Al-Farah, the Syrian Army reportedly managed to capture the village adjacent to it, Hawsh Nasri. Over 40 militants from the Salafist Jaish Al-Islam faction were killed in the intense clashes.
Units from the elite Republican Guard were able to seize cache-loads of IEDs while engineering units disabled the active mines planted all around the town’s streets. It is important to note that in the Eastern Ghouta battlefields, the presence of the Syrian Air Force is noticeably lacking.
Hawsh Al-Farah is located 4 km from Jaish Al-Islam’s administrative capital of Douma- a large city positioned on the fringes of Damascus.
The significance of this development lies in the fact that the Syrian Army is now better-positioned to strike Tal Kurdi, and should Tal Kurdi fall to the Republican Guard, the northern frontlines of Eastern Ghouta are likely to collapse choking Douma furthermore.
In addition to that, the Syrian Army could advance south from Hawsh Nasri onto the villages of Mohammadiya and Nashabiya, splitting Eastern Ghouta yet again and capturing large swathes of territory. Not only would that strip the militant factions from the agricultural supplies that it so desperately relies on to feed their troops, but also inflict a severe morale blow against all the jihadist forces operating in the often forgotten-but-highly-important Damascene arena.