Military Situation In Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta On January 29, 2018 (Map Update)

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Ahrar al-Sham and its allied militant groups  have resumed attempts to captured the Armoured Vehicles Base from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). On January 28, the militants reportdly damaged 2 BMP-1 vehicles and killed an unknown number of the SAA soldiers, but were not able to overrun the government defense. In turn, the SAA destroyed a militant car bomb. The situation in Eastern Ghouta shows that the ceasefire efforts in the area will remain useless while the militants still have capabilities and will to continue their offensive operations.

Military Situation In Damascus' Eastern Ghouta On January 29, 2018 (Map Update)

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  • Deo Cass

    This pocket of terrorists is a cancer in the Syrian capital’s brain. It needs to be eradicated. A massive operation to clear it needs to be waged to throw out and eliminate the Zionist terrorists from every front possible not just from one front at a time. At the same time Red Cross and other UN so called humanitarian convoys need to be thoroughly searched for weapons before being allowed to proceed to these pockets.

    • al quaida

      It seems like only the Tiger Forces have the capabilities within the SAA to launch successful offensives against a determined enemy.
      My understanding is that their numbers are kept at brigade strength only, and this may be by design as a form of self preservation for Assad.

      • Attrition47

        Diluting an elite force isn’t a good idea; using it as the foundation for a general increase in quality is better.

        • al quaida

          Are we seeing a general increase in quality with the SAA? It seems like east Damascus is a meat grinder for the SAA. We only seem to witness rapid results when it is the Tiger Forces leading the assault, as we have seen against ISIS and most recently in Idlib.

          • Barba_Papa

            I think we are seeing a general increase in SAA quality. But most of it seems concentrated up north and east. Areas where the Russians have been predominantly active in training and supervising SAA units. Like the 5th Assault Corps. Which is why those areas have seen the biggest gains. I get the impression that so far the Russians have not been active in southern Syria, which includes Damascus. It could be because of tacit agreement with Israel, to not make them nervous. Or it could be because so far Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and central Syria have been the main and key battlegrounds of the war during the Russian intervention, whereas both the regime and the Russians do not consider East Ghouta as that pressing. An irritant, a thorn in the side, but not enough of an irritant to warrant putting a stop to offensives elsewhere to bring crack troops to Damascus.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            The various units came from the south and not so much the north, in the south you have US advisers Quarterbacking their proxy operations. The other regions you see Turkey, Sauds, Israel and US calling the shots, but US is running low on proxies.

          • Attrition47

            The task is more complex, which needs to be considered. If the US head-chopping, heart-eating rapers are dug in as deep as Stalingrad, they have to be winkled out a square foot at a time. Containing them is relatively easy and re-capturing the area can wait, since time is on the Syrians’ side. Rapidity is an overrated quality, as the first re-capture of Palmyra demonstrated.

          • Ronald

            I say sniper practice , from many directions , slow and steady .

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            The 9th storming Brigade accomplished that not Suheil Hassan’s forces, wish you arm chair generals knew about how and who operates these forces, but now an impossibility as they go by code names in operations to prevent assassinations.

        • Barba_Papa

          Depends on what the regime considers more important. Winning the war in the short term or risk a military coup in the long run. Historically Arab regimes have always considered the latter the more dangerous.

          • Attrition47

            Not Arab, all regimes. Who do you think that the SAS is really aimed at….?

    • goingbrokes

      It will be dealt with. It is completely surrounded and isn’t going anywhere. As such it is low priority. What is more astonishing is that the head-choppers don’t give up. They have 0% chance of winning or being rescued or joining territories with other groups. The suburbia has been turned into a fortress and it will be preferable to negotiate an ending to the occupation than storming a fully fortified area full of jihadists prepared to take with them as many Syrian soldiers as possible.

      • You can call me Al

        There are new ones arriving daily though, how they get in and move freely around is the question.

        • al quaida

          It has to be tunnels, surely? Supplies must be smuggled to safe houses outside the pocket with tunnels dug underneath them. And/or they’re simply slipping across the front line under cover of darkness?

          • You can call me Al

            It could be, the CIA + the yanks are devious, odorous, evil characters.

          • jack

            this is the probably the real one,CIA=Cocaine Intelligence Authority

        • jack

          most likely the ‘black Cross”,Un,etc

      • jack

        i will just gas them,but for that they need to ask the pentagon,or Israel for supply

    • Smith Ricky

      They are getting weaker as days go by.

    • VGA

      If you are fighting in 1-2 fronts then you can focus your air campaign in those. That’s why HTS got its ass handed to them by the SAA.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The SAA fights on multiple fronts think when they no longer do this , the inevitable defeat of all these groups will be fast and swift once they fight fewer fronts. People also need to learn there is no particular Tiger forces as those who fight under Gen. Suheil “The Tiger”Hassan are all Tiger forces.

    • jack

      Yes Zionist,you hit the nail correctly