BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their East Ghouta offensive on Thursday, targeting Jaysh Al-Islam’s (Army of Islam) final positions in the strategic town of Hazrama.

Led by the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army attacked Jaysh Al-Islam’s defenses at Hazama’s southern flank last night, killing a handful of militants before they abandoned their positions inside the town.

On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army attacked Jaysh Al-Islam’s final units positioned at Hazrama’s southern outskirts, forcing them to withdraw to nearby Hawsh Al-Sahliyah after a short battle.

With Jaysh Al-Islam’s complete retreat, the Syrian Arab Army’s engineering units entered Hazrama and cleared the area of mines and IEDs, declaring the entire town safe by 7:45 P.M. (Damascus Time).

According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army is now targeting Jaysh Al-Islam’s final positions at Nashabiyah after they imposed fire control over this village earlier in the day.

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coyotl
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Great. If they can keep an actual lockdown on this enclave it should not take so long.

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“killing a handful of militants before they abandoned their positions inside the town”

Unfortunately a “handful of militants” is not enough. It is very important to reduce their numbers for stabilization of Syria. Don’t be squeamish about killing them as they retreat and leave.

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It easier said than done. The basic difficulty is that there are not so few of them and they have networks of trenches and tunnels. And they still have anti-tank weapons. So you need considerable numerical advantage for fast advance, and very heavy bombs to eliminate tunnels. So you can do it only on selected fronts. Trenches and, most notably, tunnels, were used in Vietnam and Gaza. Hamas in Gaza had very poor weapons and huge firepower disadvantage, and yet IDF refrained from occupying the majority of Gaza. Luckily, SAA strategy improved and they eliminated a number of enclaves, and… Read more »