BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:34 P.M.) – Both Syrian Army and Islamic State ranks have sustained major losses since government forces kicked-off their southern Damascus operation one week ago.
Despite the fact that the battle so far has only consisted of Syrian government forces bombarding ISIS positions and conducting several large probing assaults that have resulted in small gains, the loss of life among troops and militants alike runs into the hundreds.
In the last four days alone, the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary forces have reportedly lost in excess of one hundred men killed in action.
For Islamic State ranks over the last week, the battle toll amounts to at least two hundred fighters killed in action – half of them from relentless shelling and airstrikes.
As per most battles that have taken place in the Damascus city area since the start of the Syrian conflict, the latest government offensive against ISIS-held districts south of the capital has already proven to be extremely costly for both sides; despite this, the main blow of the operation is yet to be delivered.