Interestiing maps showing how the situation changed in the Damascus countryside during the period from 2013 to 2017 appeared online on May 10. (SOURCE) In 2013, the Damascus government was in a very bad situation. Since then, government forces have liberated the areas of Deir Miqrin, Al Tal, Qudqysa, Daraya, Western Ghouta, the Marj al Sultan Airbase and Maydaa.
Thus, the Eastern Ghouta region, the Qaboun pocket and the Yarmouk Camp remained the only areas where militants (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, ISIS and others) resist to the government pressure.
With the expected liberation of Qaboun (militants started withdrawing from the area earlier this month), government forces will make another important step in securing the whole countryside of the Syrian capital.