BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Thursday has been another day of success for the Syrian Army in its ongoing offensive against militant groups across Damascus’ East Ghouta region.
Over the course of the day, the Syrian Army – led by elite assault units of the Tiger Forces Division and Republican Guard – scored a series of key advances in the southern sector of the East Ghouta pocket.
Highlight gains include the seizure of Hwash al-Ash’ari and Hawsh Qabibat towns as well as the Aftris Air Defence Battalion base. In addition to this, Syrian troops also took control of virtually all of the remaining uncleared farmland areas within the shrinking militant bastion.
Overall, the government’s ‘Damascus Steel’ operation has – in just two weeks of campaigning – seen the Syrian Army take control of about 50 percent of all areas in East Ghouta that were controlled by armed rebel groups prior to the offensive.
Nonetheless, hard times still lay ahead as the Syrian Army now preparse to enter the heavily fortified urban core of insurgent-held territory in East Ghouta.