BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:25 P.M.) – Less than ten days since the Syrian Army kicked-off its ground offensive against militant groups in Damascus’ East Ghouta region, the once formidable rebel pocket – for years unbreachable in certain areas – has already undergone a major and sudden reduction.
The now week-long offensive has seen the Syrian Army – backed up by tremendous artillery and air support – capture about one-third of the insurgent bastion, most of these advances being made in its eastern sector.
Overall, about six or so militant stronghold towns have now come under the control of the Syrian Army and most of the main rebel defense lines that once protected the northern and eastern approaches of the rebel pocket have been shattered.
In recent hours alone, Syrian troops seized the fortress towns of Uataya, An-Nashabiyah and Hazrama.
Some of the finest formations available to the Syrian Army’s order of battle are involved in the East Ghouta operation including the elite Tiger Forces Division, Republican Guard, 4th Mechanized Division and 9th Armored Division.