Wednesday, October 14

BREAKING NEWS: Syrian Army launches large op to free 2 Damascus suburbs

Syria Launches Mass Offensive Against ISIL to Free Damascus Suburbs
October 14, 2015
Sputnik Internatonal

On Wednesday, Syrian Armed Forces began a large-scale operation to free Jobar and Harasta, two eastern suburbs of the nation’s capital Damascus, from terrorists, a military source told Sputnik.

"The army launched a military operation in Jobar and Harasta," the source said, adding that Syria's Armed Forces already took control of several buildings in Jobar.

Jobar is one of the main strongholds of the Islamic State militants. Most of the armed groups operating there are part of the Ahrar ash-Sam [sic] movement led by Zahran Alloush. This group has repeatedly shelled the Syrian capital, killing hundreds of civilians.



See Juan Cole's July 12, 2015 article How the Washington Post got Taken in by Syria’s Taliban and the Wikipedia article for background on Ahrar ash-Sham.  


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