Early in the morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to advance under the cover of darkness in northeastern Damascus, thus making further encroachments upon rebel-held turf in East Ghouta.

The operation began at 5am as government troops launched a surprise assault on the storages area between Adra and Douma, thereby capturing about a dozen building blocks.

Very bloody clashes reportedly took place here (inside the storages area) as rebel fighters (mostly from Jaish al-Islam) and SAA soldiers battled it out throughout the morning hours.

Fortunately for the SAA, their troops not only captured the storages area, but also severed the insurgent supply line from Tall Kurdi to Tall Sawan, thus cramping rebel logistics in East Ghouta even more.

Furthermore, this storage area enjoys fire control over Tall Kurdi and its eastern farms which could spell a significant problem for Islamist insurgents on the eastern outskirts of Douma.

Due to heavy clashes, many casualties were reported on both side.

9 rebel fighters, including 2 snipers, were killed along with an estimated 20 injured. On the other hand, 3 SAA soldiers were KIA and 7 were confirmed to be injured.

Strategically, local SAA commanders will now attempt to capture Tall Kurdi and gradually push towards Douma. The latter suburb has been the foremost stronghold for rebels inside Damascus ever since the summer of 2012.

If Islamist fighters lose Douma, their rebellion will be close to over inside the Syrian capital of Damascus. Currently, rebels control no more than 15% of Damascus city and are besieged in several key districts.

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2016-04-11 21:43

@TheDaneChris German translation https://t.co/BG7um1fBgJ

carl drysdale
carl drysdale
2016-04-11 22:10

Is it OK if I use the English name for Allah (AKA: God) when I pray for the best for Syria’s people, army and President?