Damascus, Syria (11:38 P.M.) – Following hours of intense clashes on the northern axis of Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was able to wrest control of the western farms of Al-Rayhan town effectively surrounding the forces of Jaish Al-Islam (JaI) inside the town.
Two weeks earlier, the Syrian Army seized the aforementioned town in a bid to surround and capture the strategic Tal Kurdi and Tal Sawwan towns, which overlooked Adra Prison and Brigade 39 Base. To avoid being surrounded at Tal Kurdi, the Islamist rebels launched a counterattack thereby capturing the western portion of the town. Since then, the insurgents have used that slim passage to retreat from Tal Kurdi and Tal Sawwan.
Rather than directly storming the western districts of Al-Rayhan, units from the elite Syrian Republican Guard resorted to capturing the western farms of the village encircling the jihadist presence in the western portions of the farms. Several dozens are estimated to be entrenched there, and the SAA local command is likely to offer them surrender conditions.
Should Jaish Al-Islam cede control of Al-Rayhan to the Syrian Armed Forces, the Saudi-backed faction will be in deep trouble as the town is directly adjacent to Douma, the capital of the Damascene insurgency.
The Syrian government will likely pressure the Douma rebels to accept a reconciliation agreement after this consistent series of victories in the Damascus countryside. If the militants fail to budge, the Syrian Armed Forces will resume their operations around Douma to besiege the rebel stronghold.