Daraa map update 31-3-2016

Northern Syria has become the primary focus for every major power involved in this 5 year long Syrian conflict; however, it appears their target, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), has shifted its attention to the southern province of Dara’a, where a one month long ceasefire is currently taking place between the government and opposition forces.

Undeterred by their recent losses in both northern and central Syria, ISIS is advancing in the southwestern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate, where they have already seized a large chunk of the Israeli and Jordanian borders from the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” after a few weeks of fighting.

Making matters worse for all non-ISIS parties in the province, the terrorist organization is now 9 km away from the provincial capital of Dara’a after their recent gains, which includes the capture of Sheikh Saad on Thursday.

While, one could argue that 9 km is a considerable distance in military terms; it is not the reality on the ground:

DaraaThe map above illustrates the Islamic State’s path to Dara’a City from their current positions at the small village of Nahj.

It is not really a question of “if” anymore; it is a question of “when” will ISIS capture the two villages between Nahj and the provincial capital.

The ISIS affiliates “Liwaa Shahada Al-Yarmouk” and “Harakat Al-Muthana” have the manpower needed to capture the aforementioned villages and to attack the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the western suburbs.

The rebel forces cannot hold their own at this front, but the Syrian Arab Army also cannot wait for the terrorist organization to reach the city.

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So, the Syrian government forces are stuck in a bind: launch an offensive to push ISIS back or let them defeat the rebels and threaten Dara’a City.

The procrastination period is over; it will have to be one of those two choices and given ISIS’ rapid advancement in southwest Dara’a, they do not have long.

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Kopfz
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Kopfz

If it hasn’t become blindingly obvious, these are Gulf State troops pouring in from Jordan. This is further supported by Israel’s new hand shake with Saudi Arabia, not to do anything about their actions in Syria.

Israel allowing a massive gulf state build up on its borders playing terrorist, with nothing but a hand as an agreement they won’t turn on Israel.

Sal Reugen
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Sal Reugen

Air support!

Izat Charkatli
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Izat Charkatli

Air support for Al Qaeda?

Claudia
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Claudia

Where are the Russians?????

Joshua
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Joshua

Let the terrorist hyenas scrap it out until the death. Maybe a few supporting airstrikes to prolong the fight if the battle turns into a rout. Either way the loyalists and heroes that comprise the Syrian Army should only be needed in mop up operations to kill off the remaining terrorists. May God be with the Syrian Army and Assad!

philias
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philias

just let the terrorist kill each other. then let the Russians carpet bomb the winners

RussG
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RussG

Radical thought, but what if the FSA and SAA actually teamed up in this case against the common enemy?

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Barmin1981

Видео обзор карты боевых действий в Сирии, Ираке и Йемене от 01.04.2016г.
https://youtu.be/R3O_mfzrsTA

Anzeta
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Anzeta

For an happy Assad.With IS expansion they must bomb all the area and retaken full Daraa.Old trick

Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz
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Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

Haven’t all the ISIS fighters gone to h**l yet?

Verny
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Verny

Syria needs Walls. Seriously, a Wall between Syria and the Khazarite Abomination, and another Wall to keep the Dark Lord of Erdogor at bay. Any fool can see it is the Zionist interlopers who supply, support and patch up the human excrement known as the Nusra, and Gollum sent the Ahrar-al- Sham killers. Syria unwisely de-mined its border with Turkey — and guess who helped? The Albionese English pederasts! Re-mine the fringe of Erdogor, and put a wall up. And as I’m sure the Donald would agree, THEY pay!

Andrew Sivaram
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Andrew Sivaram

Get the Russians to bomb ISIS with everything in their arsenal….

George Ehrlekrona
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George Ehrlekrona

Call Russia for help bombing their asses to a goat farm in heaven!

Sergei Rumyantsev
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Sergei Rumyantsev

Is it a coincidence that IS is strongest in the areas bordering Turkey, Jordan and Israel?