Around noon today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized the Military Airbase Construction Battalion at Beit Na’em village after crossing the Barada River in East Ghouta (Damascus).
Just two days ago, the SAA also crossed Barada River further east at Al-Nashabiyah – both represent breaches into areas controlled by rebels since 2012.
Today’s government operation was carried out by joint special forces of the SAA’s Republican Guard, Hezbollah and the SAA’s Airforce Intelligence Units.
According to a military source in Damascus, the SAA has spent the last few days securing the farms south of Beit Na’em and Muhammadiyeh – this will allow more government troops to cross the Barada River and strike deep inside rebel areas of East Ghouta.
Rebel factions – who agreed to halt their infighting last week – will have to react quickly if they are to halt rapidly advancing government troops at the southern flank of East Ghouta.
If the East Ghouta pocket is to fall, this will not only secure the Syrian capital but also free up thousands of SAA soldiers for other important frontlines across Syria.