DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard continued their large-scale advance inside the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus today after foiling two Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) attacks this past weekend.

Backed by the Palestine Liberation Army (Palestinian wing of the SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade seized more than 70 percent of Al-Mayda’ani last night, killing scores od Jaysh Al-Islam militants positioned around this rural town in the East Ghouta.

At approximately 4:30 P.M. (Damascus Time), the Syrian Armed Forces made their final push to seize Al-Mayda’ani, attacking Jaysh Al-Islam’s final line of defense inside the town.

Not long after launching this final assault, the Syrian Armed Forces overran Jaysh Al-Islam’s last line of defense, resulting in the complete capture of Al-Mayda’ani.

As a result of today’s advance, the Syrian Armed Forces can turn their attention to the upcoming offensive to capture the primary Jaysh Al-Islam strongholds in the East Ghouta.

 

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It’s easy from the comfort of the armchair to play general.

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Not really, they outnumber their enemy many times over, their have an air force, supplies, ammo, heavy weapons and vehicles etc. to their enemy’s nothing, it’s not reductive to say that the SAA should be able to swiftly steamroll Eastern Ghouta. Look at how easy taking half of Aleppo was.

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Allain : you’d be surprised on how generals lead battles nowadays : it’s actually in armchairs.
Here’s a “command post” aboard some “LHD”, a Mistral-class one :
http://www.meretmarine.com/objets/500/21013.jpg
http://bpcmistral.free.fr/le_pc_de_forcefevrier2007.jpg
http://bpcmistral.free.fr/embarque_sur_le_mistralfevrier2007.jpg
The capacity of the ship is up to 150ppl in the 850m² command center, 140 vehicles, 32 choppers (16 in hangar) and 900 soldiers but has already been tested to command an amphibious operation with 5000 soldiers, 30 ships, 6 submarines, 35 aircrafts and beach-landing. So you see, the general is in an armchair but instead of a strategy video game, they are real lives at the stake…

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This is taking so long, it’s ridiculous. Why don’t they just muster a few thousand of these troops that have been freed up, from Darayya, Mo-adimiyah, Khan Sheik, doesn’t matter where, and just overwhelm in every direction just like we saw in East Aleppo. Secure the capital, no more pigeon steps. End it.

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You should get infos on how urban warfare is ran and in case of siege, defenders have a serious advantage so you have to be very very careful. Ever heard about the “Siege of Jadotville”? 158 Irish blue helmets were besieged by 3000-4000 Katangeses and a Fouga Magister jet trainer/light strike aircraft for 6 days? The Irishmen (which never were in combat before) had 5 wounded while the Katangeses had 300 dead and about 1000 wounded… Yeah, just rush in like idiots against an area that they had 2,3,4 or 5 years to make it a serious stronghold, 14-18 style… Read more »

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Not the same at all; holding out for 6 days isn’t comparable to NO supplies getting in for 6 years, therefore they can’t build new tanks, get ammo etc. They’re screwed and only incompetence is the answer to the lack of SAA progress. They also don’t have remotely enough men to defend against the army, look at north aleppo! There are no excuses.