This afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officially entered Zabdeen and Deir al-Asafir, two highly important towns in the southern part of East Ghouta.

According to a military source in Damascus, a special forces unit of the SAA managed to sneak into the southern gates of Deir al-Asafir and ambush a rebel unit, thus taking 7 insurgents as prisoners without a single shot fired.

Subsequently, the Republican Guard was called in and fortified the position; this proved vital as they succesfully repelled a counter-offensive by Jaish al-Islam during the evening.

Nevertheless, the latter Islamist group is still in control of the majority of Deir al-Asafir.

Meanwhile, government troops also captured some building blocks in the western part of Zabdeen after a heavy firefight with rebel fighters.

Remarkably, another SAA attack was conducted east of the two aforementioned sites; near Hawsh Duwayr, government troops entered a rebel-made tunnel and killed 5 insurgents who were hiding there.

These events mark the rumbling of a full-scale government offensive which looks to capture all rebel-held areas in the southern pocket of East Ghouta.

Just yesterday, SAA soldiers also seized the nearby Rikabiyah Farms which in turn enabled the assault on Deir al-Asafir.

Over the next 48 hours, the SAA will likely attempt to fully capture Deir al-Asafir and Zabdeen as these towns have been cut off from receiving supplies for weeks, thereby demoralizing the rebel defenders and weakening their forces militarily.

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prince teutonic

Yeah kill them all! Take no prisoneers!

Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer

Seems like the strategy is all wrong here, why haven’t they encircled them already is beyond me.

Sentinel
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Sentinel

I dont get it from where do weapons and supplies comrto terrorists in E.ghouta? They are sorrounded according to map? those maps are BS how the h**l do they get the weapons and food and supplies over an year now they even get new AA missilesfrom S.arabia HOW???
The incompetence of SAA is stagering.

j.k
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j.k

underground tunnels and aid trucks that the UN says is transporting aid takes in the weapons

Tartus66
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Tartus66

Jonathan you forget the numbers of SAA and Allies are minimal numbers but highly proficient and they wish to keep it that way? They are also involved in many fronts.
Rather than recklessly charging in and sustaining unnecessary losses everything is coordinated and planned throughout ie Air support. Also carefull planning to minimise civilian casualties.
It is important to remember this is a hybrid civil type conflict.

Christopher Triantis
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Christopher Triantis

Why cultivate false hopes in the world, as you know very well that these attacks will fail within a few hours, and minutes Islamist rebels seize army in hunting. The failure of the Syrian army is now evident and does well to begin recovery from numerous areas it will get worse defeats and losses .Tis coming days will start attacks at Yarmuk, Aleppo, Palmyra, Chantir, Zara, Tigias bell and then all you will hear is that the Syrian army retreats and retreats again until they arrive in Damascus.