After weeks of heavy firefights in the city of Sheikh Miskeen, the Syrian Arab Army’s 12th and 175th Brigades of the 5th Armored Division have capitalized on the Al-Nusra Front’s (Jabhat Al-Nusra) feud with their former ally – the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (Jabhat Al-Thawar Al-Souri) – and recaptured the East District. The SAA’s success in the East District of Sheikh Miskeen has forestalled the Al-Nusra Front’s progress inside the city, while also proving to be a costly failure for the latter due to the significant loss of fighters they sustained.
According to a military source in the Dara’a Governorate, the Al-Nusra Front and its allies suffered over 130 casualties over the last 2 weeks trying to obstruct the SAA’s advance near the Sheikh Miskeen Cemetery. Identified amongst the dead was the prominent Al-Nusra Front fighter, Mohammad Moussa Al-Khalidi (Abu Hammam Al-Jazraawi) – he was reportedly from Saudi Arabia and described as a veteran militant for the Syrian Opposition.
The SAA is now in control of 40 percent of Sheikh Miskeen and with reinforcements pouring into the North District; this could be a decisive victory for the SAA Central Command. Assisting the SAA’s 5th Armored Division is the 69th Brigade of the 7th Infantry Division near the city of Nawa; these fighters have recently declared the main road leading to the city as under fire control, with only a small pocket of resistance adjacent to the hills of Nawa.