The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard has liberated Al-Rayhan Farms near the strategically imperative rebel-controlled city of Douma this week. Al-Rayan Farms was used by Jaysh Al-Islam as a base to launch military operations against the Republican Guard in the area; its fall to the latter has left the militants without another outlet to retreat from the city of Douma. According to a military source, 53 militants were confirmed killed-in-action (KIA) and another 26 were wounded in the process.

Over the last two days, the Jobar District has experienced an increase in bloodshed, as the Republican Guard has intensified their attacks against Jaysh Al-Islam militants on three fronts. The SAA’s Central Command has focused on three axes’ in Jobar, the primary being the eastern front of the district. Recently, the Republican Guard has begun operations in west Jobar, storming Jaysh Al-Islam hideouts after the discovery of a large tunnel stretching from the district-center to the Zamalka Bridge. The Republican Guard is now focused on cutting the last rebel supply route in west Jobar; this will likely result in the surrender of the city to the Syrian Arab Army.

Jaysh Al-Islam has suffered heavy casualties in the last two days, with over 70 militants being killed by the Republican Guard and/or the Syrian Air Force. According to a military source, the defected Syrian Arab Army Officer, Ahmad ‘Abdel-Fatah ‘Idrees (AKA “Abu Samer”), was killed this week during clashes, along with many foreigners in his battalion. 3 snipers from Jaysh Al-Islam that were notorious for firing on the Republican Guard were also killed at their outposts in Maysaloun Square.

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The identified Jaysh Al-Islam militants killed in Jobar:

1. Mohammad Kana’awass
2. Raatab Al-Sayyidawi
3. ‘Abdel-Lahaadi Al-‘Awaa
4. ‘Abdel-Rahman Al-Suleiman
5. Bilal Al-Sheikh Al-Qaseer
6. Sultan Nasser Al-Muslimiyyi (Kuwaiti)
7. Jihaad Al-Ramali (Jordanian)

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