The Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division and their allies are steadily advancing through the Dara’a countryside, seizing several sites that were under the control of Islamist rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) while also strategically positioning themselves along a number of roadways in southern Syria.

Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces, the 7th Mechanized Division, and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – imposed full control over the imperative town of ‘Itman after a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra over the last 72 hours.

With the capture of ‘Itman today, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division and their allies are now two towns away from reopening the vital roadway that stretches from the village of Sinaymin in northern Dara’a to the provincial capital in the southern part of this province.

This military situation leaves the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” fighting inside the Dara’a Governorate in a complex predicament because they just lost access to the northeastern sector of the provincial capital after their defeat today.

More importantly, if the Syrian Armed Forces seize the towns of Da’el and ‘Ibta along the Sinaymin-Dara’a Highway, the Islamist rebels will have effectively lost access to a number of imperative towns in northern Dara’a.

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