Shortly after imposing full control over the imperative town of Maydaa (Mide’a), the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) pushed further west and managed to enter the small village of Mid’anah in rural Damascus.

Moments ago, SAA forces even captured the eastern part of Mid’anah although clashes are ongoing as we speak in its western part.

A military source in the area said approximately 20 Islamist fighters have been killed in and around Mid’anah so far today; he did not specify the SAA’s death toll.

Meanwhile, preliminary reports suggest Jaish al-Islam are pulling out rapidly of the region, thus leaving little hope for rebel-held areas in the East Ghouta pocket which have diminished significantly in 2016.

If the SAA is to capture the East Ghouta entirely, this will likely result in a domino effect eventually leading to government troops reclaiming the Syrian capital itself.

A full map of the East Ghouta region of Damascus is available here.

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Amin
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If SAA can handle the battle of East Ghuta well, why didn’t they start it sooner? Were busy somewhere else?

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Peter Klein

rebel infighting recently speeded up the process, with hundreds dead rebels they lost a lot of their strength to defend the pocket

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Yeah, that’s right, I forgot there was infighting. Nonetheless, would be great to see that and the other pockets fall which could increase security as well as make fighting on other fronts easier.

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If you don’t do attrition before, you’ll have huge losses. The pocket was strongly armed and defended. You have to weaken it before : the ammos and oil aren’t supplied, you flatten any hard point from the air, have time to get accurate intel on HQs etc…
Going too fast in a siege is a very bad thing : basicly, defenders have the advantage, if they can be ressupplied i.e. by air drops, it can last for months if not years, cf. Deir-Ezor.

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prince teutonic

I like how “rebels” on the map move in the same direction as SAA… 😉

TheScepticalOne
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TheScepticalOne

things are changing d**n fast. Can Uighurs, turks, Uzbeks, chechans, Saudis please exit Syria

anwar
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anwar

they came here to get 71 women’s,so please let them complete their mission