Syrian War Report – November 16, 2017: Fierce Fighting Erupts In Eastern Ghouta

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On November 15, Ahrar al-Sham officially declared a start of the operation to capture the Armored Vehicle Base and the nearby area from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Ahrar al-Sham, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Faylaq al-Rahman launched their advance on November 14. Since then, an intense fighting has been ongoing in the area.

However, the official Ahrar al-Sham offensive declaration means that this is not a limited effort. The ceasefire region in Eastern Ghouta collapsed.

On November 15, the SAA and its allies captured the villages of Hazm, Kikiyah, al-Arfa and Rabdah from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in northern Hama.

Meanwhile, the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a announced that HTS recaptured Sarha village and Sarha hill in the nearby area. According to Iba’a, the SAA lost at least 3 soldiers and a battle tank in the clashes.

On the same day, six Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers carried out a massive strike on ISIS targets near the border city of al-Bukamal.

According to the Russian and Syrian defense ministries, al-Bukamal should be in hands of pro-government forces and only few ISIS members remained in the city. However, according to photos and videos from the area, clashes are still ongoing there.

The Hezbollah media wing in Syria claimed that the US-led coalition is hindering the SAA efforts to establish control over al-Bukamal. The coalition is reportedly jamming the SAA communications and even blocking some part of the airspace over al-Bukamal.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, claimed that ISIS members killed 7 SAA members, destroyed a bulldozer, a battle tank and damaged another battle tank in the al-Bukamal area.

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  • Blucross

    Damn it, to many people get killed.

    • You can call me Al

      Just for greed and power.

  • Хусар1723

    And so the time has come to liberate the western parts of Syria from terrorist.

  • Pave Way IV

    WTF is with East Ghouta anyway? Who keeps supplying the head-choppers there and how many places can they possibly hide?

    I swear, the SAA should just line up a hundred or so bulldozers in tandem, move forward all at once from west to east and level every last bit of the place. There shouldn’t be any international objections – Israel does it all the time and the US cheers them on. Our “Proudly Made in America” Cat D9s have been used for decades by the Israelis for ripping up 500-year-old terrorist olive orchards, crushing terrorist generations-old family homes and farms, and even flattening an elderly couple (suspect terrorists) or two and the occasional terrorist-supporting teen-age girl from the US. See? Perfectly legal.

    All we need to do is find a couple hundred rabid homicidal psychopaths willing to drive the ‘dozers. Hmmm… come to think of it, that’s precisely the kind of human waste the SAA is trying to get rid of in East Ghouita. Damn! I guess they’ll just have to stick with another Sarin barrel bomb attack. Aim for the babies! Get a couple busloads of White Helmet with cameras in there and alert YouTube for a priority upload.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66b8f125886d1286e58770377eb38865fdbd826c1361dcf8584f6fd3b8641950.jpg

    • Barba_Papa

      I love your delicious sarcasm there. :)

    • You can call me Al

      Bllx Dump the father of all bombs on them.

  • Keith Smith

    When ISIS goes, US have no reason to be there anymore. and SAA will wipe out SDF

    • Only if you believe the Deep State cover story that US objective in Syria is to attack ISIS. Since the true objective is advancing the agenda of Axis of Evil of Wahhabistan, Ziostan, GCC, and NATO (Nazi Alliance of Terrorist Organizations).

      • Keith Smith

        US military have actually said they are just one question away from a really bad day if they get asked wtf they are still doing in Syria. US will have to either own up, or pull out. Russia and Syria will not allow SDF to hold territory in Syria, and the US have no stomach for a real fight against russia

        • Ricky Miller

          You’re right but not right now. Russia has limited room for maneuver right now. The Russian electorate could be spooked by a big armed clash with American military forces so Russia has to wait and U.S. Neocons know this. Which is why they’ve been creepingly bold this year…

          • Keith Smith

            Russian electorate are prepared for a potential war with the US, because US foreign policy is so disastrous for any country that ends up facing it. US electorate however will not be willing to go to war with Russia, an it is going to be a really hard sell to say SDF are not al qaeda terrorists when it kicks off

        • We will soon see. I think this war’s current phase is ending. Part 2 will begin soon.

  • You can call me Al

    WTF did you expect?; Syria, Russia, Hezbollah plus……. all of these vermin are controlled by the US, you can trust them nor make honour bound agreements with them and hoe they keep it, unless of course you sell your Souls.

    Now, eliminate them, before they eliminate you.

  • Freespirit

    One cannot beat ones enemy without knowing the enemy so I suggest REQUIRED READING for all Military and Government OFFICIALS, at least, should be, The TALMUD and PROTOCOLS of Zion

    • alejoeisabel

      “PROTOCOLS” is an anti Semitic forgery. Jewish/Zionist oligarchs rule with other oligarchs, and yes lead them by their noses. Jews neither invented banks nor invented capitalism. They are the best players of the game, and nothing more. The Israelis and Zionists are the musclemen of Wall Street and London. Once finance capital is state owned, like in China, you take the wind away from finance capital.

      • Freespirit

        I suspect you are the FORGERY but thanks for reading my comment, ZIONIST

        • EnabledVet

          Nice reply!

          • Freespirit

            I try and thanks

  • χρηστος

    trying to split saa forces….draw attention away from al-Bukamal…

  • xam

    A real civil war In israHELL against zionists , not a staged proxy foreigners-terrorists’s from overseas abroad civil war as seen here in this article infographic video , a real civil war against zionists in israHELL to liberate arab Palestine from occupation is immenent underway !
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  • Mikronos

    If it’s a toss-up between more terror attacks in Damascus. or more terror attacks in East Gouta, guess who is going to get more attacks?

  • Rodney Loder

    There is a new ME strategy being launched by NATO minis Turkey, the war is being transferred back to Libya, which means that Netanyahu has got some inducement to sit in the margins for a while longer yet, anti-Iran is only a cover. So Sisi is now a key player in the real Western agenda, it’s humiliation for Putin because he’s been backing Haftar, now he’ll be squeezed, I don’t think the BH will know what to do if Putin tries to hold on to his duplicity.
    The line up without the foreigners is Egypt Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, against Yemen Lebanon Syria Turkey Iraq and Iran, the BH has to be supported along with the GNA even if it means dumping Sisi, put it this way if Sisi doesn’t go then kiss goodbye to any kind of peace till something really big happens.