(Caroline HAYEK | OLJ) While mass evacuations continue in Eastern Ghouta, one last pocket is still resisting the Syrian regime. Jaysh al-Islam, the last rebel group on the spot, controlling Duma and its surroundings, refuses to hand over its weapons and leave the area. “We are currently negotiating with the Russians for our maintenance and…

24 March 2018: Syrian rebel fighters on Friday left one pocket of battered Eastern Ghouta and reached a deal to quit another as the regime drew close to regaining full control over the key enclave after a more than month-long battle. A blistering Russian-backed assault since February 18 on the last opposition bastion near Damascus…

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…

Government Forces Advance In Ein Tarma, Repel Militant Attack South Of Douma On March 20, Syrian government forces advanced on positions of Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in the area of Ein Tarma in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. According to pro-government sources, units of the Republican Guard, the Tiger…

By March 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces, the Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and other pro-government factions had liberated about 80% of the Damascus subrub of Eastern Ghouta. Government forces have recently liberated the areas of Saqba and Kafr Batna from Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra,…

The defense of militant groups is collapsing in Eastern Ghouta under pressure from the Syrian Arab Army , the National Defense Forces, the Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and other pro-government factions. Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) have lost the important village of Saqba and at least half of Kfar Batna….

The Syrian regime is negotiating the fate of each of the three parts of the Eastern Ghouta rebel sector, an enclave it is seeking to take back as part of a deadly offensive launched three weeks ago, an NGO reported on Monday 12 March 2018. Negotiations are conducted separately with representatives of each of the…

Syrian government forces are developing momentum against militants in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the country’s capital of Damascus. On March 11, the Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and their allies liberated the key town of Madyara, in the central part of the region and cut off the Estern Ghouta pocket into two parts. On March…

Violent fighting on Sunday 11 March 2018 pitted the Syrian pro-government forces against the rebels entrenched in the eastern Ghouta, where more than 1,100 civilians have been killed since the start of the offensive launched by the Damascus regime, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The progression of the troops supporting Assad…

Last night, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Republican Guard and the 4th Armoured Division liberated the area of Adrawani, near Harasta, east of Eastern Ghouta. The government forces have thus succeeded in isolating Duma, the large city of the rebel enclave that they are seeking to reclaim through a large-scale offensive. They “isolated Duma…