Clashes between militants and Syrian government forces have been ongoing in the Qabun area in eastern Damascus.
Government forces, led by the Republican Guard, fight agains Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Ahrar al-Sham.
Recently, government troops have liberated the Husein Mosque in the area. However, this minor gain does not allow to say about a progress of the government government forces operating in the area.
Qabun, Jobar and Teshreen are heavy urbanized areas that can be hardly liberated without a wider effort aimed at separating them and besieging little militant-held pockets in an Aleppo-style operation.
The main option of government forces in the area, if they really want to liberate Qabun, is to concentrate on linking up the Special Forces Command with the Electric Station area between Teshreen and Qabun.
If this complicated task is done, the Republican Guard and its allies will be able to tighten siege on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham members in Qabun and to start an operation to retake this area.
In other cases, militants will likely be able to defend this area from government forces attacks for a long time.