On Wednesday morning inside the Dara’a Governorate’s northern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 12th and 15th brigades of the 5th Armored Division – backed by the 7th Mechanized Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – imposed full control over 3 sites in the Sheikh Miskeen countryside, resulting in a substantial increase to their buffer-zone around this strategic city.

The Syrian Armed Forces reportedly seized the strategic hilltops of Tal Hamad and Tal Koum in Sheikh Miskeen’s western countryside after a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam), and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Wednesday.

In addition to the capture of Tal Hamad and Tal Koum, the Syrian Armed Forces also advanced to the nearby dam that is situated approximately 5 km east east the large city of Nawa, which is considered the next target for the pro-government forces in the Dara’a Governorate.

Should the Syrian Armed Forces seize the large city of Nawa, they will be in position to strike the rebel stronghold of Jassim; this aforementioned city is the gateway to the western Dara’a countryside and the southern rim of the West Ghouta (collection of farms) in rural Damascus.

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