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Syrian Army captures new areas in East Ghouta

1 September 2016 18:49

AFP EXCLUSIVE Syrian troops celebrate as they take control of the village of Haydariyah, some seven kilometers outside the rebel-held city of Qusayr, on May 13, 2013. Syrian troops captured three villages in the strategic Qusayr area of Homs province, allowing them to cut supply lines to rebels inside Qusayr town, a military officer told AFP. (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), seized another town in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus on Thursday, paving the way for their imperative advance to the rebel stronghold of Tal Kurdi.

The 105th Brigade and their allies reportedly captured Tal Sawwan on Thursday after seizing its nearby hilltop from the Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) militants.

With the capture of Tal Sawwan, the Syrian Armed Forces are now at the outskirts of Tal Kurdi, which is considered a Jaysh Al-Islam stronghold because of its proximity to Douma and ‘Adra.

According to an Al-Masdar correspondent in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army killed at least ten Islamist rebels, while suffering no casualties of their own during the short battle for Tal Sawwan on Thursday.
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