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[Excerpts from SouthFront, 5/3/2018] ~ 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, Al-Qaeda in Syria), Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman were not able to organize an effective defense there. ~ On Monday, government forces advanced further attacking militant positions in the areas of Mersaba and Beit Sawa. ~ Reports are circulating that the 5th Assault Corps and Liwa al-Quds have been also deployed to Eastern Ghotua to support the SAA offensive…(read more)…


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