Syrian Troops Retake Damascus Suburb of Mieiha

Islamist Rebels Expelled From Key Suburb After Shelling

After months of on-again, off-again mortar strikes, the Syrian military finally retook the key Damascus suburb of Mieiha, with the rebels reportedly withdrawing to nearby villages.

The capture of the suburb gives them the heart of the Ghouta District, which is the key supply line for what rebels remain in the area around Damascus and southward into Golan.

Though the rebels had only a handful of possessions left around Damascus in the first place, the latest capture threatens to cut off their supplies and allow the Syrian military to secure the area, allowing them to focus more forces elsewhere.

Still, the Syrian government has lost massive portions of the country to various rebel factions, to the extent that the rebels in the north and east have turned on one another as bigger targets than the Assad government.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of