DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:25 P.M.) – Facing overwhelming odds, Islamist commanders in the east Damascus suburbs have brought in reinforcements and supplies from the East Ghouta while deploying big numbers of mortar and artillery guns to repel the two-pronged assault by the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard.
In defence of the Ayn Tarma neighborhood, the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Failaq Al-Rahman destroyed a BMP-1 and bulldozer. A series of images depicting these ongoing clashes were posted by the FSA group online on Friday:
With FSA reinforcements trying to beef up the east Damascus defensive line, Failaq Al-Rahman relies on the abilities of its commander-in-chief Captain Shamir in the battle for Jobar and Ayn Tarma. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise) is also present in the region, fighting alongside the FSA.
Although the seasoned 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard wrestled control of the nearby Al-Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods last month, their battlefield allies in the 4th Mechanized Division have since left for a separate military campaign in Daraa city.
Consequently, the warring parties are now more evenly matched on the east Damascus arena which has been under opposition control since 2013.