BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Army has officially taken control of the district city of Douma in Damascus’ East Ghouta region from militant factions, bringing an official end to what has been a more-or-less six year battle.
Perhaps with the exception of the Battle of Deir Ezzor, the Battle of East Ghouta was – separate from other engagements near Damascus – one of the most bloody engagements of the Syrian conflict to date.
It will be years before a more accurate assessment can be made, however, preliminary estimates put the losses for both sides (pro-government forces and rebel groups) at well over ten thousand (10,000) dead each at the very least.
With victory in East Ghouta, the Syrian Army has now freed up huge amounts of manpower (possibly up to 10,000 first-line troops) and heavy military equipment (i.e. tanks, artillery, etc) for new battles elsewhere across the country and boosted morale throughout its ranks, thus setting the precedent for other great accomplishments to be made over the course of 2018.