On Monday morning in rural Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Damascus City – imposed full control over the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airport’s Helicopter Base after a one month long and bloody battle with the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam).
According to a battlefield journalist in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade and their allies seized the Helicopter Base after breaking through Jaysh Al-Islam’s frontline defenses at the Helicopter Airfields; this resulted in the aforementioned Islamist group’s retreat towards the village of Marj Al-Sultan, which is situated just north of the base.
Following the capture of the Helicopter Airbase, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade entered the village of Marj Al-Sultan, where they were confronted by a large contingent of Jaysh Al-Islam fighters at the southern entrance – they would later conceded the southern entrance to the pro-government forces.
With the Syrian Armed Forces in full control of the Helicopter Airbase and half of the Marj Al-Sultan village, the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam have been forced to reinforce their northern flank in anticipation for a final assault by the Republican Guard.
Adding to their plight in Marj Al-Sultan, Jaysh Al-Islam’s lead commander in the region, “Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Shami”, was captured by the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – he was attempting to evade the Syrian Armed Forces at the southern flank of the village, but was taken prisoner before he could escape.
Despite claims of the Syrian Army taking full control of Marj Al-Sultan village and the northern Helicopter Base; this was dismissed by sources close to Al-Masdar News – fighting ongoing.