Battle in East Ghouta, Damascus: Rebels Claim to kill 800 Syrian Army Soldiers

The Rebels Announce Major Battle in the East Ghouta, a region on the outskirts of Damascus

  • Over 800 Syria army soldiers killed (the videos and photos do not show near 800 bodies)
  • Rebels have 204 bodies including officers and multinational experts.
  • Numerous villages liberated in a 40 square km region of the Ghouta among other achievements

Rebel Announcement of Completion of 1st Phase of East Ghouta Offensive

بعد التكتم الإعلامي عن معارك كسر الحصار الذي هو جزء من استراتيجية هذه المعركة التي فرضناها صباح الجمعة الموافق لـ 20 محرم 1435 هـ.
لقد نفذ العدو عملية عسكرية خطط لها بإحكام هدفها حصار الغوطة سياسياً وعسكرياً واقتصادياً على مدى ثمانية أشهر لم يدخر العدو جهداً أو سلاحاً إلا واستخدمه بما في ذلك السلاح الكيميائي المحرم بزعم العالم.
لذلك قرر المجاهدون: جند الملاحم – جيش الإسلام – الاتحاد الإسلامي لأجناد الشام – فيلق الرحمن – كتيبة نور الغوطة – كتيبة جند الحق بالتعاون مع سرايا الرباط الالكتورني خوض هذه المعركة التي خططتنا لها بالتنسيق مع بعض الجنود داخل خطوط العدو بدقة عالية أذهلت النظام وأعوانه.
هنا نقف على نتائج المرحلة الأولى لهذه المعركة المستمرة:
1. تحرير العديد من البلدات التي تمتد على مساحة أكثر من 40 كيلو متر مربع في الغوطة الشرقية.
2. ضرب خط الدفاع الأول للعدو الممتد على طول ثمانية كيلو مترات.
3. ضرب مقرات القيادة والسيطرة في وقت واحد مما أرعب العدو وأربك قواته.
4. تم تدمير واعطاب 23 مجنزرة وآلية ثقيلة.
5. تكبيد العدو خسائر فادحة في الأرواح والعتاد فقد رصدنا مقتل ما يزيد عن ثمانمائة جندي لدينا 204 جثث بينها ضباط وخبراء من جنسيات مختلفة.
6. اغتنام 44 آلية بينها 9 مجنزرات و4 دبابات بالاضافة للذخائر والاسلحة المتوسطة والخفيفة.
أخيراً: نؤكد للعدو وأعوانه أن قواعد المواجهة لم تعد حكراً عليه وأنا سنقطع كل يد تحاصرنا وتقتل أطفالنا.
ونحن اليوم اذ نعمل على افشال مخطط أعدائنا نعاهد الله أن نبقى على درب الجهاد والثورة حتى يتم لنا النصر والتمكين.
حرر في 12 صفر 1435 هـ الموافق 15 كانون الأول 2013 م.
0:00 In the name of God the most gracious, the most merciful. 0:04 The general leadership for the battle of ‘God is the highest and most honorable’.
0:12 Quran quote.
0:22 After the media silence on the battle for breaking through the siege that is part of the strategy of this battle that we have assumed Friday morning of the 20th of the holy month of the Lord the year 1435 of hijrah.
0:43 The enemy has implemented a military action that he has carefully planned for. 0:49 Its goal is the siege/blockade of Ghouta politically, militarily, and economically over the period of 8 months.
0:59 The enemy did not have an effort or a weapon that it did not employ which included chemical weapons, which is forbidden by human rights.
1:11 Because of that, the mujahidoon: Jund Al Malahim, Jaysh Al Islam, Al Ithad Al Islami Li Ajnad Al Sham, Faylaqo Al Rahman, Kateebati Noor Al Ghouta, and Kateebati Jund Al Haq decided to work with Saraya Al Ribat Al Electroni (1:33) to wage this battle that we have planned for by allying ourselves with some soldiers inside the enemy lines.
1:41 With great precision, that stunned the regime and its supporters. 1:46 Here we stand at the results of the first phase in this continuous battle.
(1:52)1-Liberate many towns that are stretched over an area of 40 Km (1)
(2:43)2- Killing 800 of Assad forces & allies 204 bodies of them in hand of rebels (which include leaders of different ethnicities).
(2:13)3-Destroy the control HQs at one time which frightened the enemy
(2:24)4-Destroy 23 armed veichle (2)
(2:06)5-Destroy the first defense line of Assad forces & al. in Ghouta that is stretched over 8KM
(2:54)6-Seize 44 armed vehicles incl. 4 Tanks (3) And some other light weapons
3:10 Finally, we assure the enemy and their supporters that the rebels no longer are monopolized and (3:19) that we will cut every hand that surrounds us and kills our children.
3:26 Then some closing words and the date 12/15/13.
The listing of groups is interesting:
  • Jund al Malahm جند الملاحم
    • The Ghouta Joint operation room of Ahrah Al-Sham, Nusra, Habib Mostapha, Shabab AlHoda, Katibat Issa ibn Mariam. The room was created back in June. The guy making the battle video announcement appears in this video announcing the creation of this room
  • Jaysh al Islam جيش الإسلام
  • The Islamic union of Sham soldiers الاتحاد الإسلامي لأجناد الشام
    • Announced Nov 30, the coalition included Shabab al Hoda, Habibi Mostapha, Amjad al Islam, Al Sahaba, Dirii al Asima
The overlap in the groups and the recent announcement of the coalition, Jund al-Malahm seems to refer to the union of Ahrar al-Sahm and Nusra in the Ghouta.
No mention is made of the newly announced Islamic Front. In this major battle driving regime forces from a large part of the Ghouta Ahrar al-Sham, let by Hassan Aboud is identified with Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate. Jaysh al-Islam, which is led by Zahran Alloush is identified independently of Ahrar. This suggests that the Islamic Front alliance announced in November has not taken root, at least not yet.

Videos from “Allah is the Most High and the owner of Majesty” Battle

Some cameramen refer to the battle as “The Battle to Break Rawafidis (Rejectors or Shiites) معركة كسر الروافض. They repeatedly announce that the dead soldiers are “rawafid” and “mercenaries” despite their common appearance as Syrian Army soldiers
      • Soldier executed

      • Piles of dead soldiers

More videos are available at Syria Video Eastern Ghouta page

The Events in Adra

The 3 groups listed above (Jabhat al-Islam instead of Jaysh al-Islam) also issued a joint statement, claiming responsibility for the capture of Adra. The statement says its part of an attempt to break the siege of the Ghouta and establish a food route for starving people of the Ghouta who the regime is blocking from reaching the Mills of Adra a few hundred meters distance.

Russian TV on Adra

The statement denies the massacres, which are now estimated to have killed over 90 pro-government civilians, and claims that Syrian Army forces backed by Hizbullah left the city when the mujahiddin attacked. The mujahidin then secured the city and tried to move the inhabitants to basements after the army started shelling the city. The groups say they welcome families to come and check on their loved ones but beware that the regime is killing anybody that goes towards it and blames on the mujahidin so its best for everybody to remain in their homes until we’ve been able to secure roads.
Notice the Jund al-Malahm logo next to the logo of Jabhat al-Islam. So Ahrar al-Sham is in two coalitions: Jund al-Malahm, which includes Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front which does not include Jabhat al-Nusra

Donation campaign claims responsibility for rocket attack on Qardaha

The “Do Jihad with your Money” campaign. This is a donation campaign that announces the targeting of “Bassel al-Assad” airport with 3 Grad rockets and Qardaha (the home town of the Assads) with 4 grad rockets. The operation was in cooperation with Katiba Suqour al-Izz and with Ahrar al-Sham. In retaliation for the Nabak massacres.

Yet another Islamist coalition annoucement

Also worth noting is the formation of a new and large militia in teh Hama region – Liwaa al-Fatihin (Brigade of the Conquerors) – out of several smaller militias: Liwaa Jund al-Rahman, Liwaa Jund Allah, Liwaa ibn al-Khatab, Liwaa Ahrar Hilfaya, Kataeb Moawya,  Liwaa Sayf Allah

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51. norman said:

The Christians are staying not just because GOD is on their side but also the Prophet Muhammad , In early Islam the Christians were the majority in greater Syria, you destroyed Islam , and i pray for Syria and for people like you Tara to have the brain to understand what you will never reach and accept what you can.

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December 17th, 2013, 4:57 pm


52. zoo said:

Britain’s ‘impotent rage’ over surgeon’s death in Syria

John Ray: Diplomatic Correspondent

More than 100,000 men, women and children have been killed in Syria’s civil war. It seems perverse to suggest that one more should make things even harder.

But as peace talks approach, the torture and death of Dr Abbas Khan poisons the well at a crucial moment.

It seems certain that President Bashar al-Assad had taken a personal interest in his case.

It would make sense for him to want the British surgeon free – as a gesture of goodwill to Britain, and to the West more widely – to at least warm the atmosphere ahead of Geneva.

We might never know why Dr Khan ended up dead in his cell rather than home safely with his family, but many in Damascus and beyond will suspect there are forces within the regime that want to thwart any prospect of a rapprochement.

From the point of view of Britain, the accusation of murder today sounds like the rage of the impotent.

Ours is a government that has spent three years backing the rebels and demanding Assad’s departure.

Now we are worried about the rebels – dominated increasingly by Islamist hardliners and by al Qaeda – and there are some who argue, with increasing force, that if the West is not going to war with Assad then it needs to start talking to him again.

But at the moment, Britain has drifted into a diplomatic no man’s land – close to none of the most important players in this conflict.

Some might think that’s precisely where Britiain and the West should have been all along.

But governments in London and Washington are not there by choice. They have little leverage with Damascus and little idea of what is really going on inside the regime.

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December 17th, 2013, 5:29 pm


53. Syrian said:

From the nytimes about Dr surgeon Abbas Khan
“When his mother saw him in prison on an earlier occasion, the family said, he weighed around 70 pounds, could hardly walk and said he had been tortured.”

That is why he was killed, because he is a credible witness to the situation in the Assad mafia dungeons and how another k100000 prisoners are being treated.

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December 17th, 2013, 5:41 pm


54. Tara said:

May Allah curse Batta and any one defending Batta’s crime torturing and slaughtering the orthopode. May he rest in peace. May Allah blood boils and his anger unravels and befalls on these murderes and those cheerers.

I have nothing but disgust to you people.

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December 17th, 2013, 5:58 pm


55. zoo said:

The family of Dr Khan blames the British government for dragging its feet in calling for his release .

Dr Abbas Khan, 32, from Streatham, south London, was seized in the rebel-held city last year accused of entering the country without a visa.

For several months his family was unaware of his plight, and it was not until his mother travelled to Damascus this summer that the father-of-two was found, having lost half his body weight, and showing evidence of physical abuse.

In a letter addressed to William Hague ( carried by the mother Dr Khan described his time jail as one of torture and hellish living conditions.

‘I have been violently forced to beat other prisoners, kept in squalid conditions, denied access to toilets or medical treatment,’ he wrote. refuse to grant their camps official recognition

After eight months in an underground cell, his mother Fatima Khan managed to track him down in Damascus.

‘He was like a skeleton and could barely walk,’ she told the Mail on Sunday.,
‘He told me that he had been through eight months of hell and at times had simply wanted to die. He was getting trouble from both sides.

‘As well as the guards, other prisoners turned on him just because he is British. He told them that he was there to help their mothers and children.’

Dr Khan’s family say William Hague and the Foreign Office ‘betrayed’ them by failing to secure his release.

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December 17th, 2013, 6:01 pm


56. zoo said:

I wonder why is the opposition bothering to show up in Geneva. Their preconditions were ignored, they primary goal ignored and they don’t even have a delegation ready.

West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay

[ 18 December 2013 03:49 ]

Baku-APA. Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that peace talks next month may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and that his Alawite minority will remain key in any transitional administration, opposition sources said, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The message, delivered to senior members of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting of the anti-Assad Friends of Syria alliance in London last week, was prompted by rise of al Qaeda and other militant groups, and their takeover of a border crossing and arms depots near Turkey belonging to the moderate Free Syrian Army, the sources told Reuters.

“Our Western friends made it clear in London that Assad cannot be allowed to go now because they think chaos and an Islamist militant takeover would ensue,” said one senior member of the Coalition who is close to officials from Saudi Arabia.

Noting the possibility of Assad holding a presidential election when his term formally ends next year, the Coalition member added: “Some do not even seem to mind if he runs again next year, forgetting he gassed his own people.”

The shift in Western priorities, particularly the United States and Britain, from removing Assad towards combating Islamist militants is causing divisions within international powers backing the nearly three-year-old revolt, according to diplomats and senior members of the coalition.

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December 17th, 2013, 7:28 pm


57. zoo said:

Contrary to the US, France and UK accusations, for the UN, there is be no conclusive evidence about the culprits of the chemical attacks. Another investigation is deemed necessary

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief U.N. chemical weapons investigator in Syria says there should be an investigation to determine who was responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country.

Sellstrom said his team gathered many facts but not enough to determine “the guilty party in this.”

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December 17th, 2013, 7:37 pm


59. Jamil Hanna said:

It is a weak story. 40 sq kms where?what are the names of villages occupied in this attack?they should not released this story because it caused loss of their credibelety.

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December 17th, 2013, 11:31 pm


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