Syrian War Report – March 22, 2018: Syrian Army Gets Control Of Harasta, Militants Withdraw

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About 1,500 Ahrar al-Sham militants and 6,000 civilians, mostly families of the militants, are set to leave the Harasta area of Eastern Ghouta under an evacuation agreement with the Syrian government on March 22.

Under the agreement militants surrender all of their heavy weapons and get an open corridor towards the militant-held part of the province of Idlib.

Late on March 21, a source in the 4th Armoured Division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told SouthFront that militants had started burning their HQs and weapon depots.

If the agreement is successfully implemented, the SAA will get a full control over the urban area of Harasta further isolating the southern part of Eastern Ghouta from the militant-held area of Douma.

Meanwhile, the SAA, the Republican Guard and the Tiger Forces captured a large part of the Ein Tarma farms and entered the town of Hazzah. According to pro-government sources, a major part of Hazzah is now under the government forces control. However, this still has to be confirmed.

The mass evacuation of civilians and humanitarian aid delivers allow the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance to decrease a factor of civilian casualties and human shields usage in the ongoing operation, implementing an Aleppo-like scenario when every evacuated family undermine the militants’ defensive capabilities.

Over 40 tonnes of toxic agents have been found in the areas liberated from militants, Major General Igor Kirillov, said on March 21.

“Damascus has officially confirmed its readiness to assist in any investigation into a chemical attack in Syria. However, international organizations have refused to cooperate with the Syrian government, practically conniving with terrorist organizations in their illegal activity. The Syrian Foreign Ministry pointed out that more than 40 tonnes of chemical warfare agents have been discovered on the territories liberated from terrorists,” Kirillov said recalling frequent accusations of an alleged chemical weapons use against the Damascus government. “At the same time, the international community prefers turning a blind eye to the real facts in which chemical weapons are used in Syria against the government troops and civilians,” he added.

ISIS have captured the whole neighborhood of al-Asali and 90% of al-Madaniyah neighborhood in the al-Qadam district in southern Damascus, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed. According to Amaq, ISIS has killed 173 SAA soldiers and has destroyed 2 battle tanks, a rocket launcher, a bulldozer and a BMP-1 armored vehicle in clashes for the area.

The Turkish Army and its proxies captured the town of Barad and the village of Kimar south of the city of Afrin following clashes with members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and some government-linked militia there.

After the fall of Afrin, Turkey has slowed down its military operation in the area. However, its forces are still willing and are able to capture some settlements in a de-facto buffer zone between them and the SAA.

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  • Lupus

    Pity this criminal scum got away with their inbred in the green busses . But still a great moment Harasta is liberated.

    • Sadde

      In the rush of internal rage it is easy to forget that the relatives of terrorists are also innocent people. In order to save as many innocent as possible they have to let the terrorists flee.

  • Expo Marker

    I really doubt Daesh killed 173 SAA soldiers in Al-Qadam. Daesh is trying to make up numbers to have others ignore how weak and pathetic Al-Qaeda and Daesh militants have become.

  • Kell McBanned

    Hopefully Harastas fall will enable the SAA to more quickly finish the rest of Ghouta

    • gustavo

      Not time to loose, SAA needs to keep going as fast as possible, with teh strong protection ans support of Russia aerospace force.

  • Pave Way IV

    “Over 40 tonnes of toxic Novichok-5 agents have been found in the areas liberated from militants…”

    See? The Russians did it!

    • oldenyoung

      lol…cmon…some of them wont know your teasing…:>)

    • gustavo

      Good Joke !

  • Rob

    It was not president Assad that used chemical weapons against Syrians rather it was Obama and Trump brutal regimes that used chemical weapons against Syrians. I was a bit surprised that how a country leader use chemical weapons on its own people. So now its completely clear. The criminals and perpetrators were Obama and Trump regimes to bring brutalities on Syrians and find a way for themselves to take oil rich whole land from Syrians.

  • Rob

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TnE3ZEdXgbw
    THE PUTIN DEADLY MESSAGE TO US AND NATO MILITARY

    If you mess up with us then we will hit you so strong that their will be no recovery from that.

    Washington should remove their illegal occupation on land and on sea around Russia.

  • Rob

    Washington should stop rubbing nations and countries. Washington should stop their evil and wicked practices on other nations and countries.

    • gustavo

      USA will never stop doing this, it is the EMPIRE now, and the World must follow what she is saying, and she can destroy whatever he decide to destroy.

  • Rob

    Now Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan could open their military bases in Jordan, Syria and Palestine to arm and train them. They have not helped them on time to save their countries from US and Israeli migrants and this was a big mistake.
    Still they can open their military bases in Jordan, Syria and in Palestine if they want to protect them from further human and land loses. They should help them to rescue and liberate all regions that under US and Israel control.
    —————————————————————————————————————————

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    This song is dedicated to the brave men and women of SAA, russia, iraq, iran, and houthis :))) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ydGBy4lKqU

  • Boris Kazlov

    Where is the despicable U$AIPAC troll velociraptor who said that his knightsi of justice would never surrender and fight to death?, maybe hiding in a cave dug by those rats, eat shit, murikan jew