Syrian Army enters strategic suburb in east Damascus after several days of battle, sheliing kills 56+
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a major advance in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Thursday, following a long battle with the jihadist rebels of Harakat Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
Led by the 4th Division, the Syrian Arab Army managed to breakthrough Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s front-lines at the northeastern axis of the Arbeen suburb.
According to a military source from the 4th Division, the Syrian Arab Army captured the Jordanian-Lebanese Company building and several trenches around this site after several hours of battle on Thursday.
In addition to capturing the aforementioned site, the Syrian Army also took control of the ’Abdel-Rahman bin Awf Mosque and its surrounding neighborhood.
The mosque was used by HTS as an operation room in Arbeen before its capture by the Syrian Arab Army on Thursday.
Syrian regime assault on Damascus suburbs kills 56
[IsraelTimes] Syrian activists say the corpse count from
Arclight airstrikes and shelling of eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus has risen to at least 56.
Rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus, also known as eastern Ghouta, have been bombarded for days leaving scores dead and hundreds maimed.
The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 56 people, including 10 children, were killed on Thursday.
Siraj Mahmoud of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, says 58 people were killed in the shelling and airstrikes.
The Observatory says 211 people have been killed in eastern Ghouta since Monday.
Posted by: Fred 2018-02-09