"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Syrian Army In Just 600m Away From Dividing Militant-held Qaboun Pocket Into Two Separate Parts- South Front

On April 29, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the electricity company building near the electricity station in the Al-Qaboun district in eastern Damascus.
Thus, the Republican Guard and the Fourth Division deployed in merely 600 meters away from the SAA troops in the HQ of the special forces west of Al-Qaboun district.
The SAA also advanced in the southern direction, near the school of Abdul Ghani Bajqni, the stronghold of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nasra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in Al-Qaboun district.
The SAA is seeking to separate the besieged Al-Qaboun district into two parts: a northern section (the “Tashrim area”) and a southern section. This will cause a collapse of militant defenses in this area. Militants are already suffering from shortages of food and ammunition. If the pocket is separated, the situation will become much more complicated for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies.
Meanwhile, the SAA continued to shell militant positions using Burkan rockets and the UR-77 mine clearing system. Pro-government sources report about “heavy casualties” among militants.
Separately, Ahrar Al-Sham had claimed that it had damaged an SAA tank in Qaboun during the SAA advance. It also published photos showing the attempt of its militants to repel the SAA attack.