Earlier today in East Ghouta region of rural Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s 102nd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – advanced inside the imperative village of Kharabo after a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).

According to a military source in the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s 102nd Brigade and their allies have infiltrated into the Agricultural College Facility, where they are currently involved in an intense battle with the Jaysh Al-Islam and Jabhat Al-Nusra militants inside of Kharabo.

Recently, the Syrian Armed Forces have advanced deep into the Jaysh Al-Islam heartland after they seized the strategic Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport in the southern part of the East Ghouta; this region of Damascus was considered nearly impregnable 4 months ago and now, it is the scene of a major government offensive.

Jaysh Al-Islam has suffered a number of defeats since the loss of their leader and founder – Zahran Alloush – on Christmas Day; of 2015 however, they have managed to remain a cohesive force in the East Ghouta despite their recent setbacks and shortcomings.

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