The Syrian Arab Army made a strategic advance this morning, capturing the imperative Fitanaya Towers in the Jobar District. The Fitanaya Towers were used by Jaysh Al-Islam as a sniper nest to gun down SAA fighters within their peripheral. The area was heavily fortified by the militants and proved to be a difficult challenge for the embattled 105th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard; it was nearly untouchable for two years.

Violent firefights were reported near the Tayba Mosque in the Jobar District, where Jaysh Al-Islam militants attempted a counteroffensive three building blocks southeast of the Mosque. The militants initially advanced, but were later forestalled by the Syrian Air Force’s bombardment of their positions in the area. Reported among the dead were the field commanders of Jaysh Al-Islam, Ahmad Al-Bakkar and Mahmoud Al-Ghoush.

Mohammad Al-Ghoush
Mohammad Al-Ghoush

In Al-Dakhaniyya, the Syrian Arab Army conducted a successful raid of a Jaysh Al-Islam weapons depot located in the southwest corner of the village. The SAA seized a large cache of weapons, ammunition, and intelligence paperwork belonging to the militant group. 8 militants were killed at the weapons depot, including Ahmad Sayasan, Salim Younis, Samir Showka, and Mohammad Majid – the rest did not have identification.

The SAA destroyed a Jaysh Al-Islam nest in Wadi ‘Ayn Al-Tarma, killing 11 militants and wounding another 6 in the process. While on Tuesday, the SAA attacked two militant gatherings near the center of village, killing 18 militants and wounding 55 others.

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