The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard has recently joined the battle for the imperative town of Harasta after spending the majority of this Islamist rebel offensive inside Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma in the East Ghouta (collection of farms) of the Rif Dimashq Governorate.
On Monday morning, the Syrian Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – attacked the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” at the two hills overlooking Dhahiyat Al-Assad; this powerful assault resulted in the Syrian Armed Forces imposing full-control over these hilltops.
Video footage from Al-Manar would later confirm the Syrian Armed Forces’ capture of the two hills overlooking Dhahiyat Al-Assad, while also displaying the absence of firefights inside the aforementioned area.
Following their success in Dhahiyat Al-Assad, the Syrian Armed Forces stormed Jaysh Al-Islam’s positions at the ‘Adra Quarries, killing 18 enemy combatants from the aforementioned Islamist group, while also capturing this area after a two hour battle.
In addition to their capture of the ‘Adra Quarries, the Syrian Armed Forces captured the last hill overlooking the Harasta Farms; this forced the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam to retreat towards the Harasta orchards, where they were later confronted by the National Defense Forces.
Firefights have resumed on Tuesday morning, as both parties attempt to gain the upper-hand inside this rugged area near the Syrian capital of Damascus.