Syrian Army Poised To Retake Last Al-Qaeda Held District In Damascus

Tyler Durden's picture

This week the Syrian Army has been pounding the last al-Qaeda held district of Damascus, and as Alarabiya TV reports, an all out ground assault by the army is looking "imminent". Jobar lies within the Syrian capital's eastern side and extends close to the center of the city. The district has been held by armed opposition groups since 2013, and quickly became ground zero for al-Qaeda presence in Damascus over the past years. While the neighboring Old City and downtown districts have largely returned to normalcy after years of nation wide fighting - even including a thriving nightlife of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants - mortar shells have routinely been lobbed from Jobar. Christian and Shia neighborhoods of the Old City near "Straight Street" have been especially impacted.

But now as external supply lines to various armed opposition pockets throughout Syria have been more or less reduced and restricted, especially with Trump's recent closure of the CIA's Syrian arms program and with Saudi-Qatari GCC infighting, and as the Syrian Army has mostly confined al-Qaeda fighters operating in the country's North to Iblib, the army is promising a full and final liberation of Jobar.

Explosions light up the Damascus sky with Mt. Qasioun in the background.
Photo provided by a local Damascus photographer, via Leith Fadel.

Middle East based Al-Masdar News spoke to a military officer of Syria's elite 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division, now advancing in Jobar, and summarized the situation as follows:

His unit captured more than ten building blocks around the Al-Manasher Roundabout, killing and wounding several militants from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman.


The officer added that the Syrian Army will continue to advance on the ground during the day and pound the Islamist rebels with surface-to-surface missiles at night; they will stop their assault once Jobar is cleared or the militants surrender.

The specific groups operating in Jobar primarily include the Islamist group Faylaq Al-Rahman and al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS/al-Nusra). HTS also recently made headlines after emerging victorious against other Islamist factions in consolidating control over Idlib Province, where it currently seeks to establish a caliphate. It forced out main rival, Ahrar al-Sham, which was favored by Turkey and other external powers seeking to topple the Syrian government. Western media outlets and prominent think tank 'experts' had long defended al-Qaeda linked Ahrar al-Sham as 'moderate' - yet in reality HTS dominance over Idlib was strengthened only after, according to multiple reports, "thousands of hardline Ahrar al Sham fighters, who are sympathetic to al-Qaida, defected from the movement to join JFS in forming the HTS alliance." Currently, Russia in conjunction with other international powers are weighing military operations to dislodge the northwestern province from HTS control. 

Residents throughout Damascus are currently experiencing frequent rattling and shaking of buildings as fighting is now at the most intense it's been in months or perhaps years - mortars, rockets, and tank fire is lighting up the night sky. This week dozens of Syrian soldiers have been reported killed during fighting in and near the capital.

A number of areas in Damascus that once had heavy barricades and frequent checkpoints are reducing the restricted movement zones as life begins to return to normal. The impending liberation of Jobar district from al-Qaeda would take the pressure off of the millions of Syrians living in urban Damascus who have long been under constant threat of mortar fire and terror attack. But liberation of all of East Ghouta, which stretches far outside the city environs, is likely going to be a long extended campaign against what is already morphing into an endless 'underground' insurgency which will keep the fires burning in Syria.

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Blue Steel 309's picture

Isn't it amazing that a country founded on self determination (the USA) is so determined to tell other people how they should run their own countries?

booboo's picture

You mean to tell me we have lost another war?

Retired Guy's picture

What is this we business? I don't know any ordinary persons who voted for war. It is McStain's war.

Embrey's picture

Perfect timing by Trump. He held his powder until he saw the whites of their eyes and then cut off McCain, the rogue element within the CIA and all the other assholes at the knees.

By the way, has anybody given proof (not unsubstantiated allegations) that the Norks have actually achieved what is RUMORED with their nuclear weapons? To be a skeptical asshole, how do we really know the Norks have actually been firing these ballistic missiles? Did you notice the footage of Kim Jong's missiles taking off from their launch pads? I guess Rodman filmed those on his IPad and then sent it to the American press.


fx's picture

NK is just a distraction. Lots of noise, but nothing will happen over there. Notice how Trump escalated the topic IMMEDIATELY after his alibi-attack on Syria. It's all about preventing McWar , Killary and Graham  from pushing Trump into a big war in Syria.

Fritz's picture

Technically, that war was never declared, so we don't have to call it a defeat.

fattail's picture

"We" did not have all of the intelligence reports that showed there were no WMDs, and were lied to by Bush, Cheney, Powell, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, McCain, Clinton, and Obama.  

I don't own any of this clusterfuck.

Tallest Skil's picture


Also yeah, that "self-determination" bullshit goes all the way back to Woodrow Wilson, who demanded self-determination plebescites for most of destroyed and conquered Europe, EXCEPT for Austria, which wanted to join with Germany. How about that.

Freddie's picture

I have massive respect for the Syrian military, Assad and their allies - Hizbullah, Russian and Iran plus others who have helped Syria.

They have been defending ALL Syrians including Christians.   The USSA Inc a Rothschild/Soros/ZWO corporation have been murderings Middle Eastern Christians and engaging in Christian genocide in the Mid East for at least 20 years.  Same zio-Bolshevik playbook used to murder 25 million Christain Russians.

The Syrians have stood up to the evil ZWO bankster NeoCons Deep State satanic vermin.   Go to Google Images and type Damascus Christmas.  You will see i8mages with Christmas lights everywhere.

Badsamm's picture

Collect all the passports from the dead bodies. It will explain a lot and should help with law suits later

fx's picture

Only staged incidents involve people carrying their passports in pristine condition for easy identification. (9/11, Paris, Nizza, Berlin, the Reichstagsbrand in Nazi Germany etc.)

Jack Oliver's picture

All power to the SAA and Russia !!

They may well have changed the course of history !!

BullyBearish's picture

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy...good job Syrian Army!!!


We might need you over here pretty soon to get rid of the insurgents....

OverTheHedge's picture

You might want to consider who will be classed as "insurgents", and who will be classed as "the legitimate government"

historian40's picture

Al-CIAda.  It's amazing the US regime can use that proxy as both enemy and friend all at the same time.  What a wonderful creation.

indaknow's picture

Lot of weapons.  A lot of weapons being  bought and sold. 

Honey-Badger's picture

CIA needs to be disavowed and shut down for these atrocities.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

I first read that as disemboweled, I think I like my version best!

Mena Arkansas's picture

Next stop ... Golan Heights.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Mt Hermon in the Golan Heights certainly has a very long recorded history but with all the shelling and bombing in the area, nobody would notice any seismic tremors far beneath the mountain. Some say there are things imprisoned within it. Enoch for example.

peddling-fiction's picture

The fallen, feathered felons landed on Mt. Hermon, a cursed place.

However they were imprisioned down in a pit at Dudael, close to the Qattara Depression.

The central planners's picture

Wrong, next stop would be Dier Ezor. They got to stop the kurdish from taking the oil rich land there.

Conscious Reviver's picture

The Kurds are too busy trying to take Raqqa. They are no longer a threat to Syria. In fact they are cooperating with the SAA and the SAA is somewhat sheilding them from the Turks.

Duckduckgo  Al-Masdar News to see what's happening on the ground in Syria.

SHsparx's picture

US/CIA: "Well, I guess onto making NK and phillipines a terrorist shithole."

LindseyNarratesWordress's picture

EXCELLENT-FUCKING-NEWS, and the ONLY thing that I will add, is that I hope-to-God that President Assad's forces, and his allies, particularly, Hero President Putin's forces, execute every last one of those head-chopping mercenaries-for-the-(((cabal))), attempting to do to Syria, what (((they))) have done to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan/South-Sudan, etc.


GOD BLESS YOU, PRESIDENT ASSAD, AND GOD DAMN (((the kabbal/cabal))), and (((their))) murderous minions.


That is all.




NB:  I am so very en-couraged by the quality-of-commenters, here, at Mr. Durden's site--you people give-me-hope that there MAY be enough awakened-people to thwart what is intended for our world, at-large.

giovanni_f's picture

only few have realized or are able to comprehend that Syria and Russia are basically defending what is left from the Greco-Roman-Western civilization. It is not an inner-Syrian frontline. Our destiny is at stake.

Je suis Syrian.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Indeed, I must agree. God bless Syria, her people, her president, and her armed forces.

oldone's picture

I just wonder how will end the love story  between the US and the kurds - I mean, on this path soon the kurds will grow enough strong to bite hard mr Erdogan ass.

Its obvious the kurds have big plans for the turks - and this only can go up. Any toughts ?....

Conscious Reviver's picture

This is how it is going to go down.  The US is gonna tell the Kurds "Hey, you fucked up. You trusted us."

The Kurds alienated everybody. Turkey is not attacking them inside Syria anymore except by proxy because Syria, Russia, Iran will not allow a Kurdish state carved out of Syria. They are currently bogged down in Raqqa and cut off from advancing further by the Syrian Arab Army. Raqqa is an Arab town and the Kurds will have to get out once ISIS is killed off or driven out.

Raqqa is all about the US needs a propaganda victory in Syria so they can say at least they accomplished something. The Kurds are paying a high price in blood to make Uncle Sam look good. Maybe those that survive get to relocate to the, Great PX like the Hmong.

user2011's picture

So sad,  all these years of fighting.  Now the city becomes a ruins.     All for what ?   All the muslims fighting each other and the Jews are watching and eating popcorn.



Son of Captain Nemo's picture

What is also ironic is that between Russian Aerospace and Iranian ground troops they could mop up Jobar in a day and should have months ago.

I still will never understand how Russia pulled it's air support from Syria at such critical times to impose "cease fires" that could have saved thousands of lives when East Aleppo saw it's heaviest fighting more than a year ago?!!!

But then again you could say the same at what would have happened had the Russian Army not only taken back Crimea but went all in to take back the Donbass instead of dragging it out with ferrets at the UN pushing it as far as they could to see what else they could get out of it in trade for themselves at the expense of so many civilian lives -there again... will never understand it entirely!

Having said this Russia understands well how desperate the powers that be in D.C. London and Tel Aviv are... And it begs the question how many strategic nukes have and will continue to be used to threaten the players that don't due the bidding of those "triplets" just mentioned.

Never forget how fucking suicidal they are WHEN THEY LOSE (

Like what we are witnessing with "Syphilis-in-Chief" and the rabid jar head promoting total annihilation of Korea Japan and everywhere else that borders Russia and China ,because they are not getting the assets they need in order for their economy and war machine to "survive"!

Ask yourself how fucked up that is and "WHY" Russia, China and Iran should delay the inevitable when they know and understand that it won't end until "Yankee Jewdle" goes down in a ball of flame!

Father ¢hristmas's picture

Because the Russians needed to play politics and public relations to tilt Germany in their favor.  Had the Russians gone full retard early, the Americans could've started their crackerwhine about how Putin is a bully and Germany would've been lost.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture


It really is what George Carlin told us years ago.

They 1% have a "club"... And you're not in it!

Yellow_Snow's picture

Putin has etched his name in history as a master strategist... what he's doing, is working.  Whatever the CIA is doing is not.

holdbuysell's picture

Something terrible has happend. Terrible. It's as if millions of CIA agents screamed out in terror...and were suddenly silienced.

NoWayJose's picture

Haven't heard much news from Syria lately! Putin is Winning!

Dr. Acula's picture

Cant fight Russia

+Cant fight China

+Cant beat Syria

=False flag incoming



Father ¢hristmas's picture

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In this conversation, Dr. Krauthammer surveys Israel’s many threats, from Iran’s nuclear program to the European embrace of BDS. With his characteristic wit, Dr. Krauthammer analyzes the strategic choices for the United States, Israel, and the American Jewish community. In particular, Dr. Krauthammer devotes much of the discussion to the unique forces in the politics of American Judaism: Jewish leftism, pro-Israel evangelicals, charges of dual loyalty, intermarriage, and the like. The discussion ends on a theological note, as Dr. Krauthammer reflects on the moral obligations of Zionism and on his own theology of trembling doubt. The video was recorded before a small group of Americans and Israelis on December 18, 2015. Chapter I (1:55-14:59): The Future of the US-Israel Relationship Chapter II (14:59-33:57): The Politics of American Jews Chapter III (33:57-41:22): Jewish-Christian Relations Chapter IV (41:22-1:07:54): Israel’s Grand Strategy Chapter V (1:07:54-1:23:41): Zionism and Theology"

Dr. Acula's picture

"Its demise would constitute the greatest tragedy yet in Jewish history."

The corollary is that starting multiple world wars, causing millions of deaths, and stealing land from Christian and Muslim Arabs are their greatest achievements.

Crush the cube's picture

Hopefully the fighting doesn't shift to the Dummar side.

coast1's picture

now if putin and assad can destroy the opium fields in afghanistan, and really shut down the it a "cia-nction"  lol

just the tip's picture

what the hell is the matter with you?  don't you remember what happened the last time a group shut down the poppy fields?  you trying to get the sears tower taken down?  the empire state building?   they may even sacrifice one of those joo hotels in vegas this time.  take one for the team fuckers.  be careful when you speak of the bush-clinton drug cartel.

keep the bastards honest's picture

The  farmers dont have an alternative profitable crop is the bottom line.  

azusgm's picture

Maybe not as profitable as opium poppies.

Who says they are not capable of anything other than farming. (Not dissin' farmers or farming.)

keep the bastards honest's picture

The  farmers dont have an alternative profitable crop is the bottom line.  

johnwburns's picture

Trump is letting the Russians kill ISIS, the best part is that they will show no mercy, none. Bammy must be softly weeping.

Pomkiwi's picture

I go to Al Masdar News for updates. This report on Damascus is a snall part of the successes. Latest report is that the US funded and trained insurgents have been driven out of a stretch of southern syria and high tailing it back over the border into Jordan. In the north, the army has advanced all the way down the Euphrates from Raqqa to Maadan just north of Deir Ezzor. Terrorists are fighting amongst themselves and appear to be close to total collapse. All good

King of Ruperts Land's picture

The "Assad must go" chorus owes restitution to Damascus in my opinion.