The city of Darayya in the West Ghouta region of rural Damascus was once a densely populated area that was only minutes away from the Syrian capital; however today, its dilapidated buildings and empty neighborhoods constantly remind Syrians of the horror this conflict has created all over the country.
Despite all the destruction, the longest ongoing battle in this war continues, as both the Syrian Armed Forces and the Islamist rebels of Anjad Al-Sham fight for control of the tarnished building blocks and the overall mayhem that is the city of Darayya now.
On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Forces – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the all-female Republican Guard continent – imposed full control over 14 building blocks surrounding the Four Seasons Hotel neighborhood after a fierce battle with the Islamist rebels of Ajnad Al-Islam.
With the Darayya-Mo’adhimiyah Road closed, the Syrian Armed Forces have effectively cutoff the Islamist rebels from their primary supply line to the city of Darayya; this has paid dividends for the Syrian Arab Army and their allies, as they have been able freeze all necessary rebel reinforcements from arriving to the battlefront.
Currently, firefights are still ongoing between the Syrian Armed Forces and Ajnad Al-Sham in the Darayya Association Quarter.