Military Expert to ST: Syrian Army Carried out Quick Military Operation against ISIS Terrorists South of Damascus

Military and strategic expert, retired Brigadier-General Haitham Hassoun has stressed that Syrian army has carried out a quick military operation against ISIS terrorists in south of Damascus amid the continuity of operations against foreign-backed-terrorist groups in East Ghouta.

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that the operations, carried out yesterday and today, prevented the expansion of ISIS terrorists and led to the departure of terrorists from al-Qadam neighborhood.

“What happened over the past hours in the south of Damascus was an attempt by terrorist organizations positioned in al-Hajar al-Aswad and Yarmouk camp areas, which reject the old deal, that provides for the departure of terrorists from al-Qadam neighborhood, to relieve the pressure on terrorists in the East Ghouta of Damascus,” the expert said.

 He went on to say :“The Syrian army is pressing ahead with the military operations against foreign-backed terrorist groups in the East Ghouta of Damascus making big achievements on the ground. It has managed to cut off the Ghouta into two parts and to separate between Douma  and al-Riahan farms on the one hand and Douma and Harasta on the other.”

The retired BGen affirmed that this achievement will have important results as it will temporary exclude Jaysh al-Islam and it will enable the Syrian army to sequentially destroy the terrorist forces.

“Militarily speaking, it is not possible to set a time limit for completing the military operations in the East Ghouta because this matter is connected with the morale of armed terrorist groups and the change in behavior of persons being held as human shields,” he stressed

BGen. Hassoun added: “We always expect dramatic changes related to the sudden collapse of terrorists …The unprecedented confusion and panic in the diplomatic and political campaigns being launched by western countries, the US, the UNSC and Human Right organizations reflect the evil plans of the enemies of Syria.

He asserted that Syria and its allies delivered a big blow to the sponsors of war on Syria, mainly the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour