On March 8, Syrian government forces continued their advance in Eastern Ghouta aiming to spit the militant-held pocket into two separate parts. The mist intense fighting is now ongoing in the area between the Armoured Vehicle Base and the town of Beit Sawa as well as in the area of Misraba.
If Misraba falls into the hands of government forces, militants controlling the city of Douma will be isolated from their counterparts in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta. In other words, this will make the defeat of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies inevitable.
It’s interesting to note that the ISIS Hunters of the 5th Assault Corps have been also deployed in Eastern Ghouta to support the ongoing Syrian Army operation in the area. The ISIS Hunters are rumored to be linked with Russian military contractors operating in Syria. So, the so-called “Russian factor” will likely increase in the ongoing battle for Eastern Ghouta.