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by Chris Tomson

On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Republican Guard conducted a deadly special mission against Islamist insurgents on the eastern outskirts of Damascus.

Targeting three buildings occupied by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (al-Qaeda affiliate), the SAA spent several days infiltrating a web of tunnels in the Al-Qaboun district and subsequently demolished what was believed to be a jihadist command centre through a huge IED.

The massive blast, utilising tons of TNT explosives, literally demolished all three buildings, leaving dozens of jihadist occupants buried beneath the rubbles.

Pictures or video proof of the event are yet to surface; nevertheless, the story was confirmed to Al-Masdar News by a trusted military informant based in the Syrian capital.

Al-Qaboun has been deadlocked for over a year with both sides relying on snipers to prevent the opposing side from advancing. But the SAA is steadily seizing much of the East Ghouta countryside further east, effectively moving ever closer to securing Damascus city.

Meanwhile, another military campaign is underway in the West Ghouta where the SAA’s 42nd Brigade of the 4th Armored Division is at the gates of Khan al-Shieh.