BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their long-awaited southwest Syria offensive, today, a military source told Al-Masdar from Izra’a.
Led by their Tiger Forces, the Syrian military began the offensive by storming the towns of Deir Dama and Al-Bustan in the Lajat area.
A fierce battle would ensue between the Syrian Army and jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham; it would end with the latter retreating from both Deir Dama and Al-Bustan.
Following the capture of these two towns, the Syrian Army pushed their way along the Al-Sweida Governorate border, seizing several farms and points that have been under the control of the jihadist rebels for over five years.
According to a military source in the government stronghold of Izra’a, the Syrian Army is attempting to take advantage of the fractured rebel defenses in northeast Dara’a in order to capture new positions.
Once these new positions are captured, the Syrian Army plans on working their way around the rebel stronghold of Busra Al-Harir and eventually besieging this important town located just east of Izra’a.
The military source told Al-Masdar to expect more advances in the coming hours, as the jihadist rebels are retreating from several sites around the Al-Lajat region.