BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The battle for southwest Syria has taken a turn for the worse for the rebel forces involved, as they find themselves on the verge of losing the Daraa Governorate.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their allies from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham suffered arguably their worst loss of the southwest Syria battle when they were forced to concede the southern districts of Daraa city to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last week.
Further adding to their plight,, on Monday morning, they suffered another major setback in the Daraa Governorate, when their forces withdrew from the strategic hilltop of Tal Al-Harrah.
Tal Al-Harrah is considered the most important hilltop in the Daraa Governorate, as it overlooks the western part of the province and the Al-Quneitra Governorate.
Following the loss of Tal Al-Harrah, the Syrian government forces entered the town of Al-Harrah, which was under a reconciliation deal that was agreed upon over the weekend.
The Syrian Army would then sweep through several other towns and hilltops, forcing the jihadist rebels to fall back further towards the Al-Quneitra provincial border.
The jihadist rebels now find themselves withdrawing most of their forces to the Al-Quneitra Governorate, where they hope to make their final stand against the government troops.
However, the battle for Al-Quneitra is not too far away, as the Syrian Arab Army has already mobilized their forces to launch the offensive, while also carrying out a number of small attacks in the process.
These small attacks have proven effective, as their troops were able to capture their first town inside the province.
The Syrian Army was given a major boost during this attack when the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a large number of airstrikes along the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
In the coming days, the battle for Al-Quneitra sould intensify, once the Syrian Army launches their full assault on the jihadist rebels.
Map credit of southwest Syria: Twitter / @PetoLucem