Insurgents confirmed on Monday that they have broken the long-standing siege of Mleiha, a key town east of Damascus.
The decisive attack by a coalition of insurgent groups included heavy armored vehicles and a vehicle-carried suicide bomb by the Islamist faction Jabhat al-Nusra.
Syrian forces had encircled Mleiha for months and tried periodically to take over the town, a “gateway” to insurgent-held areas in East Ghouta.
Photo of the suicide bomber, Abu Al’aa al-Tunisi:
Detonation of the suicide bomb:
Insurgents on the move during the battle:
An armored vehicle moving into position:
Armored vehicle in action:
Inside a captured building used by regime forces:
Continuing operations, including with armored vehicle, to clear remaining regime forces: