The last 48 hours in rural Damascus have not been kind to the Islamist rebels from “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam), as they have reportedly lost all of the territory they captured to the north of the strategic Homs-Damascus Highway in Harasta.
On Thursday morning, the situation for Jaysh Al-Islam became progressively worse after the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – captured the Jak Company Building and the Samadi Roundabout in northern Harasta.
The loss of these two aforementioned sites in northern Harasta today has required the Islamist rebels from Jaysh Al-Islam to retreat to the southern flank of the Homs-Damascus Highway, leaving the Syrian Armed Forces in full control of its northern flank that stretches as far east as the Wafadeen Refugee Camp in Douma.
Following the capture of the Jak Company Building and the Samadi Roundabout in Harasta, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade and their allies continued their advance south by launching an assault on Jaysh Al-Islam’s defensive positions at the northern entrance of Douma; this attack forced the Islamist rebel forces to reinforce their second line of defense at this Jaysh Al-Islam stronghold.
If the Syrian Armed Forces can retake the territory to the east of the Chips Factory, they will be able to reopen the Homs-Damascus Highway after closing it two months ago due to Jaysh Al-Islam’s successful offensive.