Pro government forces check tunnels
© AFP 2018/ STR
Proregeringsstyrker checker tunneler, der har været anvendt af oprørere igennem de sidste år under belejring i det nyligt generobrede område i Jobar i Østghouta den 3. april 2018.
Ifølge rapporter fra nyhedskanal citeret af Fars News, er et antal britiske tropper blevet fanget under den Syriske hærs operationer i Østghouta. Al-Mayadeen nyhedskanalen citeret af Fars News meddeler, at et antal britiske tropper er blevet taget til fange under Syrian Arab Army's operationer i Østghouta.

De formodes at have været del af internationale militære styrker udstationeret i regionen med henblik på at indlede et angreb i Damascus med støtte fra USA. Ifølge rapporten planlagde USA og andre NATO lande, Jordan og Israel et angreb fra flere fronter, men planen slog fejl da Syriens væbnede styrker i marts måned udførte en række hurtige fremrykninger i Østghouta. Planen involverede efter sigende massive luftangreb fra amerikanske og Israelske fly, som skulle berede vejen for landstyrkerne.


"After the plot was disclosed, the Syrian-Russian military commanders started operations in Eastern Ghouta to repel it," the sources cited by Al-Mayadeen and Fars said.

Since the plot failed due to rapid advances by the Syrian army, the US cancelled all operations planned for these foreign forces and ordered an immediate withdrawal from Eastern Ghouta through the eastern suburbs of Damascus, including Douma.

The US and Turkey sought to rescue foreign "militants and agents operating for Israel, Jordan and NATO," now trapped in Ghouta, and move them to Idlib, the source says.

The Turkish initiative to help with the evacuation of Nusra Front terrorists from Ghouta has reportedly been a coverup for "special foreign forces that were among the ranks of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated" Nusra front terror organization.

"Therefore, the US has ordered Jaysh al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman and other terrorist groups to allow the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Ghouta to army-held regions in a bid to provide the ground for these foreign agents to also leave Ghouta in disguise and enable the Turkish intelligence service to send them to specified regions in Al-Tanf and northern Syria which are under the control of US troops," the source said.