Map from February 10, 2015

It has been an odd 24 hours in northern Dara’a, as the Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front” went from being on the offensive at Deir Maker to having that all reversed in a matter of one day.

Following the Al-Nusra Front’s attempted infiltration into Deir Maker from Tal Fatima, Hezbollah (Party of God) joined the Syrian Arab Army’s 9th Armored Division in pushing the enemy combatants back towards Sultaniyah, resulting in the recapture of Tal Fatima for the SAA.

Hezbollah did not stop there; while, one of their contingents was fighting at Sultaniyah, another one was besieging the Al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Brigade at Kafr Nissaj and Tal ‘Antar.

At Kafr Nissaj, Hezbollah – in cooperation with the 9th Division – killed over 20 enemy combatants, while also, progressing south towards the Al-Nusra Front’s stronghold of Aqraba.

Among the identified enemy combatants killed at Kafr Nissaj were 2 Al-Nusra Front field commanders: Ibrahim Al-Hariri (leader of “Liwaa Ahmad Al-‘Umar”) and Mohammad Al-Qarqa’yy (leader of “Kata’eb Dara’ Al-Islam).

Meanwhile, southeast of Kafr Nissaj, the SAA’s 7th Mechanized Division continued their offensive at the village of Kafr Shamis, targeting an agglomeration of enemy combatants from the Al-Nusra Front north of the besieged city of Zimreen; this is becoming an increasingly imperative battle due to its proximity to Tal Al-Harra.

 

 

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