The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, backed by Hezbollah, National Defense Forces (NDF), and Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), stormed the strategic town of Mayda’a in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus on Friday; this attack resulted in a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels.

Following a fierce battle at the northeastern part of the town, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah entered Mayda’a, resulting in the subsequent withdrawal of Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) to the central quarter.

Preliminary reports from Mayda’a indicate that Jaysh Al-Islam has already begun withdrawing their forces to the nearby town of Hawsh Al-Farah; however, this is still unconfirmed due to the ongoing fighting taking place.

The Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah reportedly launched their assault from Base 39, which is located directly north of Mayda’a.

Meanwhile, south of Mayda’a, the Islamist rebels of Faylaq Al-Rahman and Jaysh Al-Fustat have begun to withdraw some of their fighters and equipment from the village of Hazrama amid fears of an upcoming attack.

The sequence of events that took place in the East Ghouta today were preceded by a barrage of airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).

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Bronzl
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SAA should concentrate 10k soldiers to eliminate this pocket, than homs pocket and so on….this is too little to late, 5 years of war have made their toll

Abu Dzevad al Ozren
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For Al masdar every town is strategic.

Kopfz
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Maydaa represents the entire north-eastern pocket of East Ghouta. This reduces the encirclement by almost one quarter. This will leave just Al-Nashabiyah and the entire eastern half of East Ghouta will collapse. Duma would rapidly become the most eastern border, meaning the East Ghouta encirclement becomes a narrow strip less than 3 kms wide.

Maydaa is strategically important.

AntiNWO
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Great news. Fully securing the entire Damascus area is the number one priority for Syria under any reasonable military strategy. Had the effort been made to clear East Ghouta before, instead of the repeated failed offensives in the North, Syria would be in a much stronger position over all.

Intiqam
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Intiqam

Has Maydaa been liberated by SAA ? Please post news about it ! And map updated ! Thx