DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intensified its offensive in Ayn Tarma, an outer suburb on the eastern fringes of Damascus.
Due to several weeks of counter-insurgency operations, the SAA’s Republican Guards and Air Force Intelligence Directorate have thus far captured dozens of buildings and most notably the Ayn Tarma junction, a vital crossroad on the M5-highway.
Footage of government forces using tanks and airstrike to dislodge jihadist insurgents:
Photos of the SAA’s offensive in Ayn Tarma which ultimately looks to cutoff and isolate the embattled Jobar neighborhood from the East Ghouta rebel heartland:
With only two opposition pockets left in Damascus, the capital and its countryside are expected to be fully restored under government control within the next 12 months.