Syrian Troops Recaptures Key Military Air Base Near Damascus

Syrian Troops Recapture Airport and Town East of Damascus
Syrian Troops Recapture Airport and Town East of Damascus
Syrian Troops Recapture Airport and Marj al-Sultan Town East of Damascus

OSINT SUMMARY

Monday 14th December 2015, Syrian troops managed to capture and took control of a military air base near town east of Damascus.

The troops also took control of town of Marj al-Sultan and the airport in Eastern Ghouta that has been overrun by opposition groups for more than three years.

The airport is some 15 kilometers (9miles) east of Damascus was taken over by the opposition group in r.

Military reports indicate that Syrian troops were backed by fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah in retaking the airport.

The reports were also confirmed by Syrian Observatory group saying that the joint operation saw the airport fully secured on Monday afternoon, though troops are working to secure the town where opposition forces remains to be a major threat.

Syria’s government has launched a series of simultaneous ground offensives across the country with backing by pro-regime militias and Russian warplanes which has seen hundreds of Daesh and al-Nusra Front militants killed.

The conflict in Syria began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011 but evolved into a multi-front civil war that has seen over 250,000 people killed and forced displacements to millions out of their homes.

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