On November 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) started a new military operation in the district of Jobar east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to pro-government sources. The SAA reportedly captured some buildings in the district. However, no major breakthrough was reported.
From its side, the US-backed militant group Faylaq al-Rahman said that it repelled the SAA attack in Jobar. Local sources said that Syrian warplanes bombed several positions in Jobar and in Eastern Ghouta in general on November 25.
Meanwhile, opposition sources claimed that a fighter of the Iraqi Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas militia was killed during the clashes in Jobar today. If these claims are confirmed, this would be a prove that Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas is operating once again around Damascus since its withdrawal from Syrian back in 2014 to stop ISIS in Iraq.
Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas was formed in 2012 by an Iraqi leader named, Abu Ajeb. The group received a huge support from Iran, Hezbollah and major Iraqi Shiite militias. By 2014, Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas had around 10,000 Iraqi fighters all of them gain their experience during the 2003–11 Iraqi insurgency.
The Iraqi militia played a key role in securing the district of Sayyidah Zaynab and the Damascus airport highway during 2012. Later, the group launched very successful offensive operations in Western Ghouta, like the attack on the strategic district of al-Sabinah south of Damascus in November 2013.
The return of this powerful force will for sure boost the SAA operations around Damascus, especially in the Eastern Ghouta region, where the SAA suffered several setbacks in the last few months (for example Ahrar al-Sham Movement attack on the Armored Vehicles base on November 16).