SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 16, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATES DOZENS OF VILLAGES IN RASTAN POCKET | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 16, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATES DOZENS OF VILLAGES IN RASTAN POCKET

Syrian forces have re-established control of the area east of the M5 highway in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs now that militants have withdrawn from the area. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are now in control of over 30 settlements located there.

At the same time, the evacuation of militants from the pocket is still ongoing. On May 15, 73 buses left the area.

As soon as the evacuation deal is fully implemented, the SAA will establish full control of the Rastan area. This will allow the Syrian government to start to use more actively the M5 highway, which is a vital supply line linking southern and northern Syria. However, a part of the highway heading through the province of Idlib is still in the hands of militants. According to pro-government sources, this area is one of the targets of upcoming military operations by the SAA and its allies.

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