first published on March 18, 2018 by Will
Incredible footage from Russia’s ANNA News agency shows the pro-Syrian government forces’ battle for control of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta.
The high resolution imagery is filmed, in part, with tank mounted Go Pros, aerial drones, and infantry embedded action cameras.
The Russian-backed pro-Syrian troops have rapidly advanced, taking multiple neighborhoods within the suburb that is reported to be the last remaining major rebel stronghold near Damascus.
The pro-Assad forces claim to now be in control of 80 percent of eastern Ghouta. President Assad reportedly made a visit to troops on the frontline Sunday, likely for international publicity reasons as well as reasons of internal morale.
While the operation has been especially brutal for the local population, as hundreds of civilians have been killed in regime artillery and airstrikes and tens of thousands have been forced to flee, the rebels are feeling the pressure as well.
The allied Islamist rebel group called the Army of Conquest, led by the al-Nusra Front, launched a surprise offensive south of Aleppo. They attempted to recapture territory they had lost during the large-scale government offensive in late 2015.