Facing a long-standing highly fortified network of trenches, government forces are pursuing new tactics to break open insurgent defences west of Douma in eastern Damascus.
The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 106th Brigade of the Republican Guard is now exploring the so-called “bite tactics”, a method which looks to capture just a few meters at a time, thus confusing their enemies on whether to retreat or stand their ground.
According to an Al-Masdar News field correspondent, several instances have occurred where the belligerents have faced off just 20 meters from each other at the Karm al-Rasas and Alyah farms despite the relatively open field terrain.
Capturing a number of trenches and an all-important communications building over the past week by deploying this tactic, the Republican Guard is now within striking distance of the Medical Tower Building, a facility which overlooks the Islamist stronghold of Douma.
Should the SAA capture the Medical Tower Building, this manuever would have government forces establish fire control over the main street in Douma which in turn could serve as a springboard to launch an offensive on the Islamist bastion.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Military High Command has deployed elements of the seasoned 4th division to secure the Syrian capital by capturing two adjacent rebel-held suburbs, namely Barzeh and Al-Qaboun.