Earlier today, the seasoned Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers and tanks pushed towards the road that links the strategic cities of Darayya and Moadamiya – their gains are visible (orange area) on the map above.
Currently, less than 1 km separates the government troops from reaching each other at the road between these two contested cities.
Today alone, the Russian and Syrian Air Forces jointly carried out 45 airstrikes near Darayya in order to propel the soldiers partaking in this offensive.
The dramatic footage below shows the intensity of today’s airstrikes on Islamist militants:
The Damascus suburb of Darayya has long been a rebel stronghold inside the Syrian capital.
Despite years of government blockade, an extensive underground network of tunnels has kept local rebels well-fed, armed and strongly defiant towards the Syrian Army.
On the other hand, countless peace settlements have been agreed upon in Moadamiya over the past few years; however, these have all failed as sudden skirmishes consistently seem to occur between mutually hostile Islamists rebels and government troops.
If the Syrian Army is to dislodge the supply route between Darayya and Moadamiya, this will further weaken rebels inside Damascus; especially at Moadamiya, which only has a few hundred Islamist defenders left.
Effectively, they would be forced to sue for a peace agreement which would have them evacuated to the East Ghouta or to lay down their arms entirely and apply for amnesty with the government.
Meanwhile, this would have the Syrian Army wave the Syrian Arab Republic flag at the city center of Moadamiya, while adding pressure to the rebel stronghold of Darayya.