Syrian army preparing assault to end rebel siege east of capital

By REUTERS
January 3, 2018 03:56
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AMMAN - The Syrian army, backed by Russian jets, escalated bombing of the last rebel bastion on the eastern outskirts of Damascus as they prepared to break a siege of an army base encircled by opposition forces, residents and witnesses said on Wednesday.

They said the army was amassing elite forces to prepare for a major assault on the Military Vehicles Administration, which is besieged by rebels. At least 200 troops were believed to be trapped within its sprawling, heavily defended grounds.


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