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Syrian War Report – March 16, 2018: Army Evacuated Over 12,500 Civilians From Eastern Ghouta


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On March 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated the village of Hamuriyah in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta from members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Faylaq al-Rahman.

The liberation of Hamuriyah allowed the SAA to open a new humanitarian corridor there. Over 12,500 civilians were evacuated from Hamuriyah and nearby areas.

Additionally, the SAA once again re-established control over the village of al-Rayhanah east of the town of Douma controlled by Jaish al-Islam.

On March 16, the SAA advanced on the village of Saqba and launched another attempt to establish control over the village of Jisreen.

On March 15 and March 16, the Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army captured over 20 villages from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in the area of Afrin. The TAF and the FSA are working to capture the remaining YPG-held area north and northeast of the city. However, the southern road out of Afrin remains open.

A U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter reportedly crashed in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on March 15. According to media reports, the helicopter was carrying seven persons on board. All of them reportedly died. The U.S. Central Command officially confirmed the incident but provided no details about the helicopter type and the alleged casualties. The investigation is ongoing.



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  • Lupus

    If the head chopper retards lay down their arms and surrender, nobody has to flee or die no more

    • Joe

      If they surrender then they will never get the 72 virgins they had travelled sooo far to get . Their wish is neigh . So let them at least have their wish .

      • Lupus

        ok. Good point

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        It is the humane thing to do. You are right.

      • neil barron

        They ran out of virgins years agoLet them go for their second choice camels.

  • Mikronos

    That leaves another 3 and half million of them hiding in the rubble?

  • Joe

    Seems the helicopter was carrying a lot of weapons in there … and a large explosion on impact. All no chance …and doubt they can find their bodies and likely joining their jihadist friends

  • Cheryl Brandon

    The attempted murder on Skripal and his daughter was a way of trying to get Russia out of Syria, which has not worked. The Yinnon Plan and The GLADIO; Death Plan for Democracy by Peter Chamebelin have many commnalities, which has been
    put into action with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, USA’s fascists
    plans to TERRORIZE the world into submission to it’s way of
    governing;It is a very chilling article. The Skripal murder plans is a plot to drive Russia out of Syria but, it is not working.

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    Bourbon whiskey and flying a helicopter are not recommended!

  • antoun

    the civils sauved this very important!! nice

  • leon mc pilibin

    What a lovely day,isis getting thrashed,while their air force is crashing.