On Sunday morning in the Dara’a Governorate’s northern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade of the 5th Armored Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the 7th Mechanized Division – imposed full control over several sites inside the strategic city of Sheikh Miskeen after a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade and their allies began their assault on Sunday by storming the Free Syrian Army’s positions at the southern district, capturing the Al-Zahrani School after the aforementioned Islamist group retreated further south towards the Al-Bassam Mosque in the Al-Diri Neighborhood of southwest Sheikh Miskeen.
Following the capture of the Al-Zahrani School, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade and their allies seized the Al- Bassam Al-Diri Mosque and much of the Al-Diri Neighborhood, leaving the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra in control of only 10-15 percent of Sheikh Miskeen.
Further adding to the plight of the Islamist rebels in Sheikh Miskeen, Harakat Al-Muthanna and Jaysh Al-Yarmouk are continuing to fight along the main road to the city; this has obstructed supplies from reaching their allies fighting the Syrian Arab Army.
If the Islamist rebels do not change the situation inside Sheikhk Miskeen soon, they will ultimately be forced to retreat from this strategic city.