Syrian Government forces continue their advance in Ain Terma, east ghouta.

On June 29, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their advance in Ain Terma after heavy clashes against the Free Syrian Army affiliated group Faylaq Al Rahman (FaR, taking control of the junction. Hayaat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), the former Al-Qaeda affiliate, is allied with FaR and is likely assisting them on this front as well  The government forces have now reached the Ain Terma junction leaving a significant part of the valley south of the urban areas of Ain Terman under their control, while also securing the south west entrance to the town. 

Map showing the location of Ain Terma with the junction marked with a red Flag. Source : https://globaleventmap.org

Map showing the location of Ain Terma with the junction marked with a red Flag. Source : https://globaleventmap.org

The attack is led by the Syrian Republican Guard .The goal of this offensive is currently unknown as the army is unlikely to secure the entire Ain Terma area, since the amount of men and resources so far seem to be limited, compared to other major operations launched so far. This area is also heavily urban and government forces typically try to avoid these kind of battles due to the heavy amount of casualties taken during urban warfare. 

It's likely that the government wants to either squeeze the supply lines to Jobar, a opposition stronghold located in the heavily urbanised areas of Damascus city which has seen some of the heaviest fighting of the city over the years. This battle is especially tough for the defending opposition forces, as recent infighting between FaR & HTS and Jaish al-Islam not far from this front has left the groups weakened and vulnerable to a government attack.