Less than a month ago, when the Syrian Arab Army began its push to liberate the Damascus suburbs, the entire operation stood under a cloud of US threats to conduct missile strikes on the Syrian capital. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley consistently criticised the resolution she herself voted for, which called for the establishment of ultimately successful humanitarian supply and evacuation quarters and a general ceasefire, while allowing terrorist groups to be targeted by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies.
Haley never got her second resolution and the Russian submitted UN Security Council Resolution 2401 of February 24, 2018 has not only worked, but has largely accomplished its goals in one month. While the US continued to threaten an attack, Russian military and diplomatic officials warned that any such attack would face a serious response from Russia. Today, the Syrian Arab Army is in control of 90% of areas that for six years, were under the illegal occupation of foreign terrorist proxy armies.
As of the 24th of March, only a single pocket in the region, in the city of Douma is still under terrorist control. As Douma is surrounded on all sides, it will likely be liberated in short order, either due to the superior force of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies or through an evacuation deal.
While some terrorist evacuees were bused to the long-standing terrorist strongholds in Idlib, the more strategically important areas around the capital are now safe. This means that the daily shelling of civilians from formerly terrorist held Eastern Ghouta will now end, much to the relief of Damascenes.
Because of its long standing terrorist occupation and its strategic location next to the capital, the liberation of Eastern Ghouta now stands as one of the most important victories for Syria throughout the duration of the conflict, along with the liberation of Aleppo and the defeat of Daesh in Deir ez-Zor.
As a result, the main Takfiri pockets of terrorists remaining are Idlib, a few Daesh remnants in the east, an isolated group of US proxies in Al-Tanf and a scattered number of terrorists near the occupied Golan Heights. Meanwhile in the north, the US and its proxies continue to occupy northern Syria, east of the Euphrates where they may soon clash with Turkish troops fighting the YPG/PKK as part of Operation Olive Branch, an anti-Kurdish campaign green-lighted by Russia, while disapproved of by the Syrian government.
For the people of Damascus though, safety has been largely secured and in a far shorter period of time that even many optimists had suspected. The achievement of Syria and its legitimate allies in liberating areas surrounding the capital cannot be overstated. What may have taken half a year, has in reality taken just under a month.