The Syrian Defense Ministry issued a nationwide call for military reserves to return to active duty on December 18. This was the biggest mobilization effort since the start of the Syrian war and probably since the Arab–Israeli War in 1973.
Some experts suggest that reservists will serve in security forces formed to maintain stability in the recently liberated areas as Aleppo and Western Ghouta – the move that SouthFront predicted on December 14 in an analysis of possible developments after the liberation of Aleppo.
This will allow to free significant number of active soldiers for further offensive operations.
A series of operations to clear the remaining pockets near Damascus is an important task for the Syrian military because every pocket draws forces and facilities that the Syrian army could use at other frontlines.
If these areas are liberated and secured by police formations, Damascus will get a high number of free troops that could be used in a number of crucial frontlines of the ongoing conflict.