DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:20 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard launched a new offensive to reopen the strategic Homs-Damascus Highway that is currently cutoff by the Islamist rebels in Harasta.

Backed by the National Defense Forces, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade stormed Jaysh Al-Islam’s (Army of Islam) defenses at Tal Abu Za’id, resulting in a fierce battle that is still ongoing near the key town of Harasta in the East Ghouta region of Damascus.

So far, no gains have been reported from this front; furthermore, the Syrian Armed Forces do plan on expanding their operations around the Harasta Industrial Zone after this offensive.

The hilltop of Tal Abu Za’id overlooks the Homs-Damascus Highway and since it is under the control of Jaysh Al-Islam, the Syrian Arab Army is unable to open the road to the public for fear of random rocket and artillery attacks.

 

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S600

Opening new fronts and engagement is also a good tactic to bleed out the rebel resources.
Just Like SAA rebels also have limited numbers of crack troops or elite forces others are just defensive basics. If this front goes hot rebels will need to redistribute the attack forces thus depleting the reserves for “surprise” attacks.

December going to be a busy month.

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Amin

It takes a long time to open that highway. First finish Damascus suburbs especially Eastern Ghouta.

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Takuto Shinigami

Harasta is part of Eastern Ghouta, as I found out on the map.

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Amin

LOL. You’re right. Why I read ” Rastan ” instead of ” Harasta “. I’m sorry. Thanks for your attention.

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Takuto Shinigami

I also mix all those names often. At least these horrible wars are good to learn the countries.

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Amin

The following link can be a suitable for you even though belongs to pro so called rebels but still useful.

syria.liveuamap.com

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Takuto Shinigami

Thanks. I normally use the Google map with front lines: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1OSttyvbGKqntDjF8Q0vfHCHUZo4&hl=en_US