BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been rapidly advancing the through the Islamist defenses in the East Ghouta recently, capturing several localities that were once considered untouchable for the government forces and their allies.
Led by a plethora of units – including the Tiger Forces, 4th Division, and Republican Guard – the Syrian Army has managed to capture more than 40 percent of this farming region to the east of Damascus, forcing the Islamist rebels to retreat to their last remaining towns in the East Ghouta.
In addition to seizing a large amount of land, the Syrian Army is also on the verge of splitting the East Ghouta region in half.
As illustrated in the map above (credit: @PetoLucem – Twitter), the Syrian Army is within 3.5 kilometers of splitting this islamist-held pocket.
However, this is not the Syrian Army’s only initiative at the moment; they are also trying to isolate the Harasta suburb, which is heavily fortified by Faylaq Al-Rahman, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
If the Syrian Army is successful in isolating Harasta, they can ultimately force the aforementioned Islamist rebels to accept a deal to surrender the suburb in exchange for transportation to Idlib.