The current military situation for the rebel forces in southern Syria has become extremely critical as they find themselves under heavy attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
Recently, ISIS launched a large-scale offensive to expand its presence inside the Dara’a Governorate, seizing several villages from the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” near the Israeli and Jordanian borders.
ISIS was able to achieve their first real breakthrough at the strategic town of Taseel when they forced the Free Syrian Army and their allies to abandon their posts and completely withdraw from the area.
With their backs against the wall, the Free Syrian Army and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham are doing their best to forestall ISIS’ advance; however, it is becoming incredibly difficult, given the sheer size of the terrorist group’s forces.
Much to the dismay of the U.S. led “Anti-ISIS Coalition”, the terrorist group is transferring much of its power to southern Syria, where they have effectively established a strong foothold along the Jordanian border.
In fact, ISIS’ attack on the large Jordanian city of ‘Irbid last month was just a prelude to what is likely to come if the terrorist group is not defeated in the near future.
Currently, ISIS is positioned approximately 20 km west of Dara’a City; should they continue to expand east towards the provincial capital, they will encounter the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
However, the real concern is ISIS’ intentions along the Jordanian border: will they invade Jordan?
In early February, the British Army deployed troops to Jordan for war games in order to prove their readiness to combat the terrorist threat; but, one month later, ISIS launched their Dara’a offensive.
While, it may seem far-fetched that ISIS could establish a large presence in southern Syira; it should be noted that the terrorist group currently controls large parts of northern Sweida, southeast Homs, and Deir Ezzor.
The harsh reality is that ISIS will continue to expand in southern Syria, despite their losses in the north.