On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – captured large chunks of territory from the Islamist rebels of “Jaysh Al-Islam” (“Army of Islam”) after intense firefights at the city of Harasta, which is located inside the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of Damascus.
The Republican Guard and popular committees began their assault at the Harasta Construction Site, where they encountered a large contingent from Jaysh Al-Islam at the southern end of this commercial project; this attack resulted in the Syrian Armed Forces taking full control of the Harasta Construction Site after more than two weeks of non-stop firefights that required both parties to utilize a large amount of ground troops.
Following the capture of the Construction site, the Syrian Armed Forces reportedly advanced to the Military Security Branch Building, where they were once again greeted by a significant amount of resistance from the Jaysh Al-Islam fighters protecting the base; however, the aforementioned Islamist group was unable to maintain their positions there and were eventually forced to withdraw.
In addition to their capture Military Security Branch Building and the Harasta Construction Site, the Syrian Armed Forces recovered all the territory lost at the Reema Water Company building and the imperative hills to the north Dhahiyat Al-Assad.
While the Islamist rebels were conceding a substantial amount of territory to the Syrian Armed Forces in the north, their comrades to the south were attempting to evade the swarming Russian Air Force bombarding their main base at the Marj Al-Sultan Airbase.
However, the Russian Air Force was not limited to striking the Marj Al-Sultan Airbase; instead, they spread out their attacks along the vast rural landscape in the East Ghouta, hitting targets as far north as Aliyah Farms in Douma and as far south as the Jisreen Orchards.