The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Damascus City and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – continued their large-scale counter-offensive in the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of rural Damascus, targeting several sites along the strategic Homs-Damascus Highway that flows through the Syrian capital.
On Tuesday morning, the Republican Guard and their allies struck the Islamist rebels from Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) at the Sherri Checkpoint, where they overran the latter’s defensive positions to impose full control over this site at the southern perimeter of the Homs-Damascus Highway in Douma.
In addition to the capture of the Sherri Checkpoint, the Republican Guard and their allies secured several small hilltops that are located along the southern perimeter of the Homs-Damascus Highway, leaving only a little parcel of territory under the control of the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam at the village of Tal Kurdi.
Meanwhile, at the Marj Al-Sultan front in southern Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies imposed full control over the village of Nawleh after a series of intense firefights with Jaysh Al-Islam and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” near the strategic Marj Al-Sultan Military Airbase.
With Nawleh under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces are in control of 80 percent of the Marj Al-Sultan Military Airbase’s southern countryside, leaving only the base compounds and the village under the control of the Islamist rebel groups.