BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The month of April saw big changes around the Syrian battlefront, as several parties in this conflict capitalized on the Islamic State’s (ISIL) poorly defended territory in the rural parts of the country.
In particular, the Jordanian and US backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces in southeastern Syria managed to capture much of eastern Al-Sweida and southeast Homs after overrunning the remaining Islamic State posts in these provinces.
Meanwhile, in northern Syria, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces seized dozens of villages and towns in the Al-Raqqa countryside, putting them closer than ever to strike the Islamic State’s de-facto capital (Raqqa City).
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) also had a rather productive month in April, as their forces and Hezbollah secured 113km territory along the Lebanese-Syrian border, marking the first time in five years their units controlled the key town of Al-Zabadani.
In addition to their success in rural Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army also recovered several towns in the Hama Governorate (Taybat Al-Imam, Halfaya, Souran) and the Palmyra countryside.
With the recent implementation of the safe-zone agreement, the majority of non-jihadist factions in Syria have now turned their attention to the remaining Islamic State fronts in the country, where they hope to expel this terrorist group once-and-for-all.