The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been on a roll lately, seizing several areas in the East Ghouta that have been under the control of the Islamist militants for years.
Beginning with Al-Hamouriyah in Faylaq Al-Rahman’s southern pocket in the East Ghouta, the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces managed to overpower the Islamist militants and impose full control over this large town.
Not long after declaring Al-Hamouriyah under their control, the Syrian Army announced that the key town of Al-Rayhan had been captured, following Jaysh Al-Islam’s withdrawal to nearby Douma.
With Al-Rayhan captured, the Syrian Army now has access to Douma’s eastern sector for the first time in several years.
The Syrian Army currently has no plans to launch an attack on Douma; this is likely due to the ongoing reconciliation negotiations with Jaysh Al-Islam.