Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

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On March 4, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces captured the strategic town of al-Shaffoniya south of the Duma district in the East Ghouta region, near Damascus, according to Syrian pro-government sources. The SAA also reached the outskirts of the Misraba district and the town of Bayt Siwa witihn only 3,5km south of the 4th Armoured Division’s positions in the Armored Vehicles Base.

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

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Pro-government activists reported that more than 40% of the East Ghouta pocket is currently under the control of the SAA and its allies.

Hamza Bayrakdar, a spokesman for Jaysh al-Islam, claimed that Jaysh al-Islam fighters had killed more than 150 SAA soldiers in a series of counter-attacks in East Ghouta. However, Bayrakdar’s claims were not confirmed by photos or videos.

The Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi reported that the SAA had deployed hundreds of soldiers, armored vehicles and dozens of artillery pieces of the 5th Assault Corps and the 1st Division to its positions around the East Ghouta pocket.

Pro-government activists reported that ISIS Hunters and Liwa al-Quds are preparing to join the SAA military operation in East Ghouta in the upcoming days.

These new reinforcements will likely allow the SAA to expand its operations in the heart of the militant-held pocket and to speed up its advance in the northern part of it.

Photos of the SAA advance in the southern part of East Ghouta:

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

Syrian Army Captures Key Town In East Ghouta, Sends Large Reinforcements To Develop Attack (Photos)

By Wassim Essa, click to see the full-size image

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  • PZIVJ

    Impressive progress by SAA in such a short time, more than I expected. :)

    • Lupus

      Yes very impressive! Still, the hardest part is yet to come but victory is sure. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b759fc018e55ed84da73f800f2ebcab8df5500adba03ed07bc948d04de8f835.png

    • FlorianGeyer

      There will be a mass of civilians seeking the safety of the SAA lines as soon as the grip of the US Terror gangs starts to weaken .

      • Rob

        The pro Trump terrorists are not so many in East Ghouta as many in Aleppo city before. They are so weak. Now this is the time for pro Trump terrorists to either negotiate with SAA or lay down weapons. If the pro Trump terrorists are really wise then definitely they all will lay down weapons to save their lives.

        • FlorianGeyer

          I suspect that they expect some US troops to save their skins. :)

          After President Putins speech last week , that ‘ain’t gonna happen ‘. :)

          And Israel can bugger off as well :)

          • Rob

            You are right. They have played their all cards but no luck.

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          • Joe

            What a few US troops do?

            They die the same with a bullet

        • FlorianGeyer

          https://russian.rt.com/world/news/488742-mei-tramp-siriya-rossiya

          More hysteria . ‘ Vot to do, Vot to do ‘.

          • Rob

            I am not from Russia. Sorry I don’t understand Russian language. I just speak English.

          • FlorianGeyer

            If you right click on the text it will be translated for you. There are a few errors but they are usually obvious Rob.

          • John Whitehot

            ‘vot’ means ‘here’ if i’m not mistaken

          • FlorianGeyer

            It was a play on the pronunciation of Jewish speakers in English when they use the term ‘What to do ‘ as they wave their hands about.
            It amused me anyway :)

        • palebluedot

          More like pro-Obama and pro-Clinton jihadis. Trump at least ended Obama’s CIA support for them. Credit where it’s due. If he was smarter, he’d finish off ISIS and quit Syria. But he’s not. He’s stupidly anti-Iranian, and so he gets played by the neocons.

          • javier

            nope, under the trump regime the US has increased it’s presence in syria, furthermore the military has allocated 550 million dollars just for 2018. Trump is a prop, the generals run the show.

    • King Tudor777

      Much more than I expected, but let’s wait and see what happens when the SAA and the Tigers attack Jobar, Irbeen and Harasta, the toughest battle will be there. Full force SAA, Douma is the next great target, destroy the terrorists!

      • Smith Ricky

        Watch militants turn into civilians

        • BMWA1

          many beards will be blowing in the air like tumbleweed!

        • Sinbad2

          That will work for Arabs, but the British and French troops are cactus.

        • Joe

          and get food aid from Russia

        • gustavo

          I hope local people can identify masked terrorists, and Syria army capture them.
          They will try cowardly to pass as a civil people.

    • John Whitehot

      I didn’t know what to expect in terms of space vs time in this offensive, but like you my feeling is that the ratio is rather high.

    • Icarus Tanović

      Indeed.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Notice there are not only Tiger Units Among the SAA but various Special force brigades at least they are under good coordination this time.

  • Michał Hunicz

    Poor soldiers even without helmets. They should be reequipped by Hezbollah, for sure they have some cool stuff.

    • Serious

      If SAA was like Hezbollah, nobody can resist them.

      • Rob

        Syrian Tigers, Hezbollah and Palestinian Liwa Al Quds are the best commandos because they all together discuss the map and strategy. If a soldier don’t discus the map and strategy and step into battle field then definitely he will take the risk of his life.

        • Serious

          They are better because they know what they fight for. The sunni scums just blow themselfs because they don’t what they are fighting for and have no unity.

          • Rob

            What gonna be their agenda when they are funded by Zionist migrants, of course suffering and destruction nothing else. Till this time they have not figure it out that who are their friends and who are their foes.

          • Sinbad2

            Most of the Syrian army are Sunni.
            The evil that causes men to blow themselves up comes from Israel and America, religion has nothing to do with it.

            Cubans used to blow themselves up, rather than be captured by the Americans. Then Fidel and Che freed the Cuban people from American tyranny.
            Viva Che, Viva Fidel.

    • FlorianGeyer

      All the SAA soldiers have the look of confidence now that was not apparent 2 years ago.

    • Jakke1899

      Indeed, again not a single helmet to be seen in these photographs. I know it’s a muslim thing to belief in karma, “If it’s your time, it is your time!” But let me tell, brave soldiers of the SAA: you can bypass karma =WEAR A HELMET! Avoid easily sustained (and leathel) headwounds with this basic item. The Hezbollah and all Russian trained units (5th Corps) all wear helmets and i am convinced, they suffer less of head injuries. When this war is over (all wars come to an end!), Syria will need you to become farmers, teachers or carpenters. Hopefully this will be the last year of war in Syria……

      • Sinbad2

        The war will not end until the US is no longer a threat to the free world, but I hope the collapse will occur this year, I hope to see America die before I do.

    • BMWA1

      I think white helmets took them all :)

  • Michał Hunicz

    That photo with empty swimming pool is such depressing. Imagine that few years ago some innocent children were here.

    • Serious

      It’s because of Assad “dictatorship”. People had even swimming pools.

      That was enough for USA and israel to see free happy Arabs.

      • FlorianGeyer

        There is still a swimming pool at Auschwitz in the original barracks but its not ‘advertised’ by the Shoah story tellers.

        • Redadmiral

          There are also 2 coal-fired cremation chambers and if they were powered up 24/7 they could cremate up to 6 people per day. 6 X 365 X 3years =1,200.000
          I don’t think so.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Yes , and IF the gas chamber nonsense at Auschwitz was true, it would have only worked once as the room said to be filled with Xyclon B is directly connected to the crematorium in the next room with one simple wooden door and Xyclon B is an explosive gas . Hence being linked to a fiery furnace next door would not have been very sensible :)

          • FlorianGeyer

            A coal or coke lines furnace needs to be relined with firebricks regularly of course and the down time is substantial ,plus there are detailed records of all materials sent to the camps and coal and coke was in very short supply.

          • Sinbad2

            I fear you are the victim of an American education.
            6 X 365 X 3 = 6,570

      • javid soltani

        lol

      • gustavo

        Do not show up your stupidity.

      • Sinbad2

        It’s because the American regime wants to enslave the world.

        Three cheers for the brave men of the Syrian army.

        After Ghouta march on Tel Aviv, and then on to Washington, and victory for the free world.

      • BMWA1

        :)

    • antoun

      no villa and swimmer pool belonging have caid underworld mafia from douma. The city douma is the ” chicago” at the syrie!

    • FlorianGeyer

      I was thinking the same. Syria is a country largely destroyed by proxy terrorists for the Zionist scum in Israel and elsewhere. They are worse than ISIS. The Israelis fear to fight unless they are murdering children. .

      • Sinbad2

        Ever read the story of Prisoner X?
        He was an Australian Israeli, he murdered a young Lebanese girl whilst serving in the IDF. The murder haunted him, and eventually Israel secretly imprisoned and murdered him.

        • FlorianGeyer

          I have not. I will try to find it. Thanks

          • Sinbad2

            I have noticed that now lots of prisoner X’s are on the net, probably to cover up this one. His real name was Ben Zygier.

      • Redadmiral

        single isolated kids on their way home from school surrounded by 6/7 heavily armed soldiers, shot when asked for ID and left to bleed out or9/10 year olds playing football on a beach. Shot from a MPB.

        • Sinbad2

          Yeah the Israelis are a real class act, no wonder they have been universally hated for thousands of years.

  • Serious

    Do you think that the one who own the house with the swimming pool wanted his house to be destroyed ?

    • antoun

      the villa belonging at the caid underworld mafia from douma . the city douma is the “chicago” at the syrie!!

      • Serious

        If he is a caid, where his his crew to protect the city ??? XD.

        Even, in Aleppo, I noticed, beautilful houses that have been destroyed.

        • antoun

          the city douma celebrity for these worhouses within war and for these gansters!!

    • FlorianGeyer

      Ask the US State Dept Serious :)

  • The Northern Pocket is collapsing rapidly. Will the Orcs be able to rally long enough to make a stand in Douma? Southern Pocket may last longer. Either way, the Orc’s only choice is whether to leave in Green Buses to Idlib or Green Trucks hauling bodies to trenches.

    • FlorianGeyer

      IF the locals are able to rise up against the terrorists ,their final stand will hopefully be in a demolished part of Ghoutah and then some of Russia new toys can be put into use.

      There are an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 civilians in Ghouta if you believe the Aid organisations and if only 10% of them are able to confront the US terror gangs it would be a rapid game changer I think.

      • PZIVJ

        If I remember right the estimate of civs in Aleppo pocket was inflated by the west?

        • FlorianGeyer

          It was, yes . It all makes for a better story and the ‘Right to Protect’ shysters.

          • gold37

            Good on ya mate, that is the funniest thing I heard all year. Yes, right to protect is a load of bull.

          • Redadmiral

            Yes! The right to protect Zionist decapitation terror gangs is a non fucking runner

        • Sinbad2

          BS is Americas most potent weapon.

      • @Inc2Get

        Lies. The approximate civilians in these areas is probably between 100-200k.

        • FlorianGeyer

          It depends who one listens to but 100,000 to 200,000 also sounds reasonable and 10% of them could create a major internal problem for the US proxy terror gangs.

      • That would be awesome. Like the part that Yugoslav partisans played in clearing Nazis from the Balkans!

        • Redadmiral

          The Serbs and Croats were already well trained and combating the Germans daily. The situation here is quite different.

      • Redadmiral

        Even a quarter of that and the lower estimate would be significant. However, if I was in the SAA attack I would much prefer if they just kept their heads down and their families safe. Better to join the SAA after liberation get trained and then some…

      • Feudalism Victory

        Unlikely

        • Sinbad2

          Locals have been rising up against American troops in Raqqa.

    • Redadmiral

      Don’t think the green buses are on offer at the moment. So, I suppose it will have to be the green trucks.

    • Vitex

      Who’d be a green bus driver? The USAF has a miraculous way of accidentally bombing them

      • Paint them with HTS and SLF logos. Then US planes will steer clear!

  • Hrky75

    SAA loves Islamic terrorist pockets so much that every time they enter one they do their best to make it two or three or four…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9eed3fc45bd372375c44c7068caa9a1eb99c247b78d0723f9598ad31b2cf4aba.jpg

  • velociraptor

    This everything is very nice, but where is the Syrian War videoreport from March 2?

    • PZIVJ

      This is March 4, raptor did not donate so SF had to cut a couple of articles. :D

      • velociraptor

        i dont know what does your raptor between your legs, by me, the velociraptor spends monthly.

        • PZIVJ

          You spend monthly on bagels, and a motel room that the old lady does not know about ?

  • Redadmiral

    Just popped up on my screen. The White House has accused Russia of “killing civilians” in Ghouta. If it has happened and I hope that it hasn’t. I commiserate with the victims families, However, it would never have happened had the fucking Yankee neo-con thugs unleashed these head-chopping mercenaries in order to get their fucking NWO. The Syrian Government and its leader survived the initial onslaught, buckled a bit. Got themselves up, fought back spoke with their friends who came to their aid to try right the wrongs which were visited upon a peaceful nation who never wanted to be in a NWO and turned into slaves and serfs. .The Yankee MIC has been murdering 10,000 people every week for the last 20 years and they are brass necked enough to accuse Russia of killing civilians. Every living former Yankee President should be tried for their crimes against humanity and Vps, Secretaries of State, Defence, etc. Then there are the Brits, the Frogs, the Izzies and the rest of the spineless rats, which would have to include the coalition of the willing.

    • Joe Dirt

      Anytime you have a major offensive (EAST GHOUTA) civilians will die. Of course they’re killing civilians on a large scale, it’s WAR!!!

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Remember this the US and the west has no sources on the ground and can’t quote them as they are either White Helmets or the SOHR or Terrorists themselves and those are unreliable sources .

  • Eskandar Black

    The key will now be to split E GHouta into as many fragment as possible. I would like to see movement towards mudayrah from the west armor base simultaneously and then to take misrabah from both directions. It would be interesting to see the SAA use new flanking opportunities from north of Hawsh al Ashari to further expose the underbelly of kafr Batna and to force the jihadist to fight along the entire front simultaneously.

    • PZIVJ

      To dam confusing, just show us the friking map!
      Just kidding, this may be the plan. :)

  • Icarus Tanović

    Kill all Wahhabi vermin!!! Free the World from the pest!

  • Xanatos

    Taking douma from the south is possible . The people there are glad to be rid of the terrorists who hoard the U.N. food shipments and use them as human shields.

    Among these militants are those responsible for the gas attacks on ghouta in 2013. They still have to be punished.

  • mehboob gani

    Mashallah, In above picture I see lots of Lions, Tigers, Heros, Mujahids, Real Man, Congrats on these brave SAA.

  • R3mba

    SALUTE TO ALL THIS BRAVE MAN!!! SALUTE!

  • gustavo

    This is what one could expected when people fight for its country, and with the great help of Russia aerospace force. We hope Syria-hezbolah-Iran Russia ground troops keep advancing fast, strong, without mercy, putting aside political agreement, without dealing with terrorists, without buses to go other places.

  • Alpha&Omega

    Uniforms even more mismatched than usual. Does anyone know what unit or units they belong to?