A female sniper takes positon in a buliding in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels. (Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)
A female sniper takes positon in a buliding in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels. (Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)

The Syrian army on Sunday wrested back control over an important town in eastern countryside of capital Damascus, cutting a key rebel supply route, according to the official SANA news agency.

A female sniper takes positon in a buliding in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels. (Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)
A female sniper takes positon in a buliding in Daraya suburb of the capital Damascus, Syria, on April 5, 2015. The snipers are members of the female force in Syrian Republican Guards. Their unit consists of around 800 volunteer, unmarried, female fighters- aged between 20 and 24 years old. Their task is to work alongside the Syrian army in its battle against the rebels.
(Xinhua/Zhang Naijie) (jl)

The government forces captured town of Maidaa’ and its surrounding orchards in east of Damascus, said SANA, adding that the town served as a supply route for rebels between the hotbed towns of Douma and Dumair.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian troops were advancing in the outskirts of Eastern Ghouta near Dumair.
It said the troops captured large swathes of Maidaa’ after clashes with jihadist groups in the area amid reports of losses on both sides.
The UK-based watchdog group said the battles were coupled with shelling from both sides.
Clashes also went on in the surrounding of Zabdin, another town in Eastern Ghouta.
Eastern Ghouta, an agricultural region in east of Damascus, has emerged as a threat to the capital due to the large number of rebel groups, which often shell the capital with mortars and other improvised rockets.
The Syrian forces have struck a siege around most of Ghouta towns, forcing rebels in some towns to accept a truce in return for aid.
The fresh progress on Sunday comes at a time when the Syrian government forces have lost several key areas in north and south to the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and like-minded jihadist militants. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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