The recent redeployment of the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade (Republican Guard) to the contested city of Harasta has paid dividends for the SAA’s Central Command, as they have been able to reverse much of Jaysh Al-Islam’s (Army of Islam) gains inside this rural area located in the Syrian capital’s northeastern countryside.
On Wednesday morning, the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – recaptured the strategic hills surrounding the Dhahiyat Al-Assad, securing the aforementioned Damascene suburb after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebel fighters of Jaysh Al-Islam.
Following the success at the Dhahiyat Al-Assad front, the Syrian Armed Forces advanced to the Harasta Industrial Area, where they encountered fierce resistance from the Islamist rebel fighters of Jaysh Islam; this firefight resulted in the Syrian Armed Forces recapturing many sites that were lost two weeks prior.
The Syrian Armed Forces have captured the large construction site, along with several buildings near the contested army base that sits just north of the Harasta Highway.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are clashing with the Islamist rebels of Jaysh Al-Islam at Tal Al-Haras; this imperative hilltop is where the contested army base sits atop of in Harasta’s Industrial Area.
If Tal Al-Haras is recaptured by the Syrian Armed Forces, the Islamist rebel fighters of Jaysh Al-Islam will be forced to retreat towards the Harasta Highway, where they will likely face-off against these same Republican Guard units.