A few hours ago, the much anticipated offensive to take Daraa City led by the Western backed Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigade” was launched.
The offensive dubbed ‘Southern Storm’ is said to be made up of 54 rebel groups including Jaish al-Islam led by Zahran Alloush, all fighting to take the strategic town of Ghazleh.
Ghazleh situated directly south of the Syrian Arab Army’s stronghold of Izra, where the army’s 5th Armoured Division is currently based.
Izra, a key city controlled by the Syrian Government, is used as the main supply route to the provincial capital of Daraa, cutting that supply route would leave the aforementioned city in isolation.
If Southern Front militants are successful in capturing Ghazleh, it will effectively leave the city of Izra exposed to enemy attacks from the southern perimeter.
The rebels were successful in taking full-control of the vast Jordanian border two months ago; this month they successfully captured the Brigade 52 Base of the 5th Armored Division on the border of the Al-Sweida Governorate.
In addition to their assault on the town of Ghazaleh, the Southern Front is attacking the provincial capital of Daraa, as over 1,000 of their armed combatants stormed the Dara’a Al-Balad District and the Al-Manasheer District earlier this morning.