On March 28, the Syrian Army’s Republican Guard and other units loyal to the Syrian government launched an attack against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Janhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Faylaq al-Rahman in the area of Jobar in eastern Damascus.
The advance resulted in an intense fighting in the area. Pro-government sources, claimed that the Republican Guard had seized a number of points from militants inside the area and killed an unknown number of militants. In turn, “opposition” media outlets reported that “regime forces” had suffered “heavy casualties”.
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The goverment advance in Jobar is aimed at expanding a buffer zone around the Qabun industrial area which should allow government forces to tighten siege on the militant-held Qabun pocket.
However, no breakthrough has been achieved by the Republican Guard and its allies.
Faylaq al-Rahman militants destroyed a bulldozer belonging to government forces in Jobar:
Government troops are targeting militant positions: