BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their pro-government allies have launched several attacks in Syria’s southern countryside recently, pushing deep into rebel-held lands near the Iraqi border-crossing, despite the U.S. military’s presence in the region.
Backed by Hezbollah and Iraqi paramilitaries, the Syrian Armed Forces have managed to seize more than 90 square kilometers of territory in the eastern countryside of Al-Sweida over the past four days; this has forced the US-backed Free Syrian Army units to abandon several points in order to avoid being overrun.
North of Al-Sweida, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah made a new push into the Dawkah area of southeast Damascus, capturing several points from the Free Syrian Army fighters in this area near the strategic Tishreen Power Plant.
However, not all attacks have proven successful for the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies, as their push towards the Tanf Border-Crossing ended with the U.S. military bombing their convoy for “coming too close” to the Coalition.
Regardless of the U.S.’ interference, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies appear poised to continue their advance to the Iraqi border-crossing; this was evident in the recent communications between the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) on both sides of the border.