The Israeli Army’s bombardment of the SAA’s positions at the Golan border-crossing paid dividends to the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) and Jabhat Al-Nusra fighters besieging the area. As soon as the SAA withdrew from their positions, Jabhat Al-Nusra captured the border-crossing without resistance, capitalizing on the Israeli attack. Jabhat Al-Nusra is deeply entrenched in the western part of the province, with an estimated 2,000 fighters in the Al-Quneitra Governate.

While, Jabhat Al-Nusra has a larger presence in the Al-Quneitra Governate, the SRF has made some gains of their own, as they recaptured Naba’ Al-Sakhr one day after the NDF took control of the village. The SRF also captured Kafr Nasaj – north of Kafr Shams – from the NDF after three days of fighting. Jabhat Al-Nusra has relied on the SRF’s offensive east of their positions, as NDF troops are spread too thin and heavily reliant on local militias.

Despite the recent setbacks in the Golan Heights, the Syrian Arab Army’s 7th Division is on the offensive near the border-crossing, with NDF countering SRF forces east of Kafr Nasaj. If the SAA can regain Al-Rawayhinah, they can push their way to Al-Qataniyah and lift the siege of Quneitra City. Another important village to the SAA’s 7th Division is Al-Bariqah, near the Golan border-crossing. Currently, the area is heavily fortified by Jabhat Al-Nusra and the rugged terrain is proving to be an obstacle for SAA troops attempting to maneuver around enemy forces.

The possible loss of the Al-Quneitra Governate will further complicate the southern front of this complex war, as the Syrian rebels will have access to the Syrian border on all fronts.

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