East Ghouta battle intensifies

















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Regime warplanes bombarded the city of Douma, the base of Jaish al-Islam (JAI), with five barrel bombs on Thursday amidst the ongoing battle for the suburbs northeast of Damascus, which cost both sides acute losses the day before. While casualty figures from Thursday’s bombings were not available at the time of publishing, they come one day after JAI announced the loss of its second-in-command, Mahmoud al-Ajwa, who died in fighting with regime forces in the al-Assad suburb Wednesday. Al-Ajwa’s death comes as JAI continues waging its “God Prevails” campaign to take the high ground in al-Assad from which regime forces are able to bombard rebel positions throughout East Ghouta. The regime also lost six members of its elite Republican Guard unit in the same fighting in the al-Assad suburb on Wednesday, reported a local pro-regime news website. Total casualty figures from the “God Prevails” offensive, which JAI launched last Thursday, could not be independently confirmed, although the faction claims 270 regime fighters were killed as of this past Monday.





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