BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – By the time of Thursday night, and a after a week of brutal clashes, the Syrian Army finally scored two key breakthroughs against Islamic State defenses across southern Damascus.
In the district of Hajjar al-Aswad, Syrian troops – supported by armor, artillery and airstrikes – breached the first line of terrorist positions by capturing the Al-Jorah orchards area.
On the eastern flank of Hajjar al-Aswad, the Syrian Army took over some positions from rebel forces within the district of Yalda (this not being shown on the map).
Finally, in the district of Al-Qadam, the Syrian Army has advanced into the neighborhood of Al-Madaniyah, capturing a key industrial area.
As of Friday (not shown in the map above), government forces more decisively broke into heart of the Al-Madaniyah and Al-Asali neighborhoods, isolating Islamic State militants into small pockets and driving a larger wedge between Al-Madaniyah and Hajjar al-Aswad.