Syrian Army Frees Vital Region in Eastern Ghouta
The army soldiers managed to impose control over al-Reihan settlement near the town of Douma before they agree with Jeish al-Islam’s demand for a halt in the army’s operation and to resume fresh talks.
Jeish al-Islam lost a number of fighters in the attack and the remaining pockets of them retreated towards Douma.
The army soldiers further managed to take control of a main road connecting Ibn Sina Hospital and the town of Douma.
The road was one of the main supplying lines of terrorists in the region.
Earlier today, Jeish al-Islam terrorist group demanded fresh talks with the Syrian Army after they violated the evacuation agreement that they had signed with the Damascus government this week and killed scores of civilians in mortar attacks on the capital.
Reports from Eastern Ghouta said the Syrian Army has agreed with Jeish al-Islam’s demand for fresh talks in Douma in an effort to save civilian lives and in pursuit of efforts to release the people kidnaped by the terrorist group.
Some sources says the talks would start in hours from now, adding that one of the conditions of the army to enter talks is an immediate halt in terrorists’ mortar attack on civilians.
The sources further said that a delegation from the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria has entered Douma from al-Wafedeen safe corridor for talks with Jeish al-Islam’s delegation.
The Syrian army has captured all territories held by various terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta, East of the capital, except for Douma, the main stronghold of the Saudi-backed Jeish Al-Islam terrorist group.
After the Damascus army swept through all the region and laid siege on Douma, it offered a relocation plan to Jeish Al-Islam, a protocole that has long been in force ever since the army won the momentum in defeating the terrorist groups in various parts of the country three years ago.
The militants agreed to the terms and allowed some of the wounded to leave the city, but as was suspected, they violated the terms in the last two days and launched more than a dozen rocket attacks on the capital.
Later reports said that the Jeish al-Islam prevented a large number of civilians from leaving Douma in Eastern Ghouta for safe zones, using them as human shield to save its gunmen as the army is on march in the region.
The terrorists have opened fire at civilians that have been protesting against Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta and calling for the pullout of militants and deployment of the army in their region.
The Syrian army moved fast in response and swept through the suburbs of the town and deployed troops at the gates of Douma. The army was advancing against terrorists in several flanks near Douma, and came close to a full victory over Jeish al-Islam.
The terrorists have resorted to every possible measure including frequent suicide attacks to prevent the army from advancing.
The terrorists then resorted to a false-flag operation – that had long been warned against by both Russia and Damascus – on Sunday morning to accuse the Syrian army of a chemical attack in reprisal and incite a global outcry against the Damascus government to force the government troops to stop their raids.
Speaking on the developments in the key town, Middle-East and World Analyst Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm told FNA that the Jeish al-Islam’s move seems to be a second play of an old game.
“A similar false-flag staged in Eastern Ghouta in 2013 worked well and gave a pretext to the then US President, Barack Obama, to move naval fleets to the Mediterranean for war on Syria, but a prompt plan by Moscow that envisaged a chemical disarmament of Syria under the auspices of the United Nations defused the US-Saudi plot,” he reminded.
“Now it seems again that through their request for another round of talks, Jeish Al-Islam militants are seeking to portray themselves as peace-seekers to buy some time under their move gives the ground to the US-led West to rush to their aid and,” Khoshcheshm continued.