Government Forces Counter-Attack To Break Ahrar al-Sham Siege On Armored Vehicles Base (Map, Photos, Video)

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Government Forces Counter-Attack To Break Ahrar al-Sham Siege On Armored Vehicles Base (Map, Photos, Video)

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On January 4, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a counter-attack to break the Ahrar al-Sham Movement siege on the Armored Vehicles base south of Harasta district in eastern Damascus, according to Syrian pro-governmed sources.

Government Forces Counter-Attack To Break Ahrar al-Sham Siege On Armored Vehicles Base (Map, Photos, Video)

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Pro-government activists said that the SAA advanced and captured dozens of buildings in Harasta and added that the SAA is now only 250m away from the Armored Vehicles base. During their advance, SAA soldiers reportedly captured several fighters of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement and killed many others.

The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) carried out dozens of airstrikes on positions of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement around the Armored Vehicles base and destroyed a headquarter of the Islamist group in Harasta, according to pro-government activists.

Several pro-government sources claimed that Faylaq al-Rahman and several other Islamist armed groups in the Eastern Ghouta region are now supporting Ahrar al-Sham Movement attack on the Armored Vehicles base. This could complicate the SAA mission, and make it longer.

Meanwhile, Jaysh al-Islam announced that in the southern part of East Ghouta its fighters repelled the SAA attack on the village of Ayn Zuriqa north of al-Nashabiyah and restored all the positions they had lost inside it. Jaysh al-Islam fighters killed three SAA soldiers during the clashes in Ayn Zuriqa.

Government Forces Counter-Attack To Break Ahrar al-Sham Siege On Armored Vehicles Base (Map, Photos, Video)

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Government Forces Counter-Attack To Break Ahrar al-Sham Siege On Armored Vehicles Base (Map, Photos, Video)

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Government Forces Counter-Attack To Break Ahrar al-Sham Siege On Armored Vehicles Base (Map, Photos, Video)

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Government Forces Counter-Attack To Break Ahrar al-Sham Siege On Armored Vehicles Base (Map, Photos, Video)

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The SAA attack in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta was likely aimed at pressuring Jaysh al-Islam to prevent it from supporting the Ahrar al-Sham Movement attack on the Armored Vehicles base.

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  • Barba_Papa

    I welcome this battle. The more fighters, weapons and munitions they expend, the sooner their sorry pocket will collapse.

    That is if the SAA gets its shit in order.

    • dutchnational

      Agreed. It leaves me with the unanswered question how AAS can have the capabilities for this prolonged and massive assault given they have been besieged themselves in this pocket for a long time.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        You were told they have support from Faylaq al Rahman and HTS there wondering if you are not becoming senile now.

      • Eskandar Black

        your friends dying, cornbeef cooking in the smoker, life is grand.

      • russ

        Remember Deir Azor?

        • Frank Behrens

          what of it? They got supplies and reenforcements from the air the hole time…which explains how they could defend half of the city the hole time.
          Ghouta nver got supplies via air support ..so, the only ways are smuggling (which involves bribery I guess) and corruption on the side of parts of the SAA .

          • Turbofan

            That makes no sense..Have you been following this conflict?

          • Frank Behrens

            sure, care to elabobaorate what you mean

  • Eskandar Black

    I hate to say I told ya so.

  • Blaubeere

    It is interesting to see the comments of the Western mass media. Similar to Aleppo, where they lamented the fate of the poor civilians, we now hear in German TV how bad these fightings are for the civilians in Eastern Ghouta. And, of course, not a single word about the fact that it were the islamists who broke the ceasefire.
    And, by the way, it is time to eliminate that malicious pocket that acts like a cancer on the outskirts of Damascus.