Syrian War Report – March 5, 2018: Tiger Forces Liberate Large Area From Militants In East Ghouta


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Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, the 4th Armorued Division and other pro-government units delivered a devastating blow to the defense of militant groups in the eastern part of the Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus.

Government forces liberated al-Shaffoniya, Beit Nayem, al-Rayhanah, al-Muhammadiyah and other points and deployed within about 3.5 km of dividing the militant-held area into two separate parts.

Jaish al-Islam, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman were not able to organize an effective defense there. However, pro-militant sources claim that the SAA and its allies had suffered significant casualties – about 150 soldiers. This number is not confirmed by photos or videos.

On Monday, government forces advanced further attacking militant positions in the areas of Mersaba and Beit Sawa. Should the SAA liberate them militant groups will have little chances to achieve a kind of victory in the ongoing battle.

Reports are circulating that the 5th Assault Corps and Liwa al-Quds have been also deployed to Eastern Ghotua to support the SAA offensive.

Over the last few days, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have retreated from the villages of Ramadiyah, Sheikh al-Hadid, Mistekan, Hajji Khalil, Rajo and other settlements in the Afrin area under pressure from the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

On March 4, the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported that the YPG had killed 9 Turkish special operations soldiers in the Rajo disitrict. On the same day, the TAF’s general staff said that 2,688 so-called terrorists had been neutralized in the Afrin operation.

A limited presence of pro-government National Defense Forces in Afrin was note enough to stop the Turkish advance. A comprehensive deal between the YPG and Damascus has still not been reached.

In western Aleppo and southern Idlib, clashes are still ongoing between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Syrian Liberation Front, a coalition of Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki. According to local sources, HTS is steadily taking an upper hand in this standoff.



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  • antoun

    yes excellentes news!!! GOO SAA and PALESTINIANS!!!!

    • Superfly

      Actually the Tiger Forces, 4th Republican Guards division, formerly led by Maher al Assad and above all Hezbollah are in the vanguard. It is good to see George Hasbash’s PFLP and some Palestinian units also supporting the SAA. The morale and elan of the SAA is very high, they have become masters of urban warfare and combined arms ops. It looks like the SAA is using mass amounts of mechanized infantry to support the tanks. They learnt that from Zionist defeat at Hezbollah hands at Khalideyeh junction near Beirut airport in 1982, when a Zionist over confident Merkeva and M-60 unit stumbled into a text book ATGM ambush on Hezbollah/AMAL turf and was decimated with a dozen tanks captured and knocked out. The Syrian Pink Panthers (the hues in the uniform) special forces played a devastating role with their then MILAN hunter killer 2 man teams. Now with 7 years of non-stop combat experience SAA and Hezbollah have turned into masters of the battlefield. The Zionists are in for an uber shock if they ever tangle with Hezbollah or SAA in the future.

  • Florian We

    Great! Split in pockets and erase the terrorists and US / Israel spec. Forces. I guess the more the SAA will advance in EG the US/ Terrorist Coalition will strike even harder in the Deir Ezzor area and will try everything possible in order to not let peace happen to Syria.

    • Superfly

      That is a good strategy, the worst of the US sponsored headchoppers are now in a pocket barely 2 kms square and the SAA and Hezbollah are focusing on its elimination in the south quadrant. Many of the terrorists were opportunist part-timers and have either switched sides or changed into civvies. The SAA advance has been very swift and luckily with low casualties. General Soheil al Hasan believes that it will be over in a couple of weeks.

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  • YOoo

    Allah Akbar. Allah is with. I stand with the Muslim. Allah will rain down jahannam on the disbelievers.

    • NeoLeo

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  • Xanatos

    Can someone remind me if turkey is backing ahrar al sham or HTS?

    They seem able to move observers freely thru both, but it would not be in Turkey’s interest to allow them to fight if turkey backed both.

  • John Brown

    Great news the ISIS- Israeli YPG forces are being destroyed by Turkey and the SAA is wiping out Israeli Al Qaeda in Gouta! A double win for the resistance against the racist supremacist global Jewish slave empire.
    I am sure the Shabbas goy leaders of the YPG,will be leaving Afrin if they have not left already, living large in switzerland with their mansions, fat bank accounts, hookers, drugs and sports cars and laughing about their reward, for selling out and sacrificing their own people for a greater racist supremacist satanic Israel, while Afrin is totally destroyed and their people lie dead.

  • Promitheas Apollonious