Govt Forces Secure Large Areas Near Damascus As Militants Withdraw



Government forces have secured a large area west of the Syrian capital of Damascus, Hezbollah’s media wing in Syria reported on April 19, releasing the map above. (comments in English by SF)

According to the report, militants and their families successfully withdrew from the areas of Zabadani, Madaya, Buqayn, Sirghaya and Ayn al-Hawr at the Syrian-Lebanese border and government forces are now securing these settlements and the nearby hills.

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Earlier reports appeared that the last group of militants were set to leave Zabadani on Wednesday.

The liberation of Zabadani, Madaya, Buqayn, Sirghaya and Ayn al-Hawr is an important step in the long-run government campaign aimed at securing the Damascus countryside.

Following this success, the Syrian army and its allies will focus on other pockets remaining near Damascus:

  • The Bayat Jinn-Mazraat Bayt-Mughr al-Mir pocket southwest of Damascus and the Kanakir pocket south of  Damascus look as obvious targets for government efforts;
  • The liberation of the Qabun area and the Eastern Ghouta region are also important goals.

More details about the strategy of the Syrian army and its allies after the liberation of Aleppo:


  • Trustin Judeau

    Finally Madaya and co are finished . Now Hezbollah and SAA should start offensive in Quneitra

    • El Diablo

      Or reconquest all Daara city :D

  • Xanatos

    This is not a military victory. Trading two besieged towns for two towns under siege. It doesnt change the balance of power.

    • Daniel Rich

      @ Xanatos,

      But it does free up dire needed manpower.

  • wimroffel

    The overview forgets to mention one rebel held area in the Damascus region: the area in South Damascus that includes Yarmouk camp. This is quite a big area. A few months ago it was reported that the most eastern part of it had been changed from armistice to government held. And recently there were reports that the present exchange also included the transfer of some rebels from Yarmouk to Idlib.