BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – For the first time in years, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is at the outskirts of two important East Ghouta towns that are currently under the control of the Islamist rebels.
Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army has reportedly reached the towns of Beit Sawa and Mesraba, which have long been strongholds of the Islamist rebels.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army is expected to launch a big attack on these two towns in the coming hours, as they mount more pressure on the remaining Islamist rebels in the area.
Rumors have also begun to surface that residents of these two towns have demanded the militants leave Beit Sawa and Mesraba in order to avoid a conflict with the Syrian Army.
However, the likelihood of the militants surrendering these two towns without a fight is very slim, given the fact that they are located near the Jaysh Al-Islam stronghold of Douma.