On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” attempted to sneak into the town of ‘Itman from the western axis; however, they were surprised by an alert Syrian Arab Army (SAA) contingent that repelled the infiltration attempt and killed 28 militants in the process of this attack.
The failed Jabhat Al-Nusra infiltration attempt allowed for the SAA to launch a brief counter-assault towards Muzayrib in order to push back the militants to west and build a buffer around the western axis of ‘Itman; this was imperative because the militants are attempting to cutoff the main supply route to the provincial capital.
In northeast Dara’a, the SAA’s 5th Armored Division continued their offensive at Busra Al-Hareer, where they attacked the militants from Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham from the western flank, killing 17 enemy combatants, including another field commander from the militant group that was identified as “Abu ‘Usama Al-Masri” (Egyptian).
Among the militants from Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham that were killed at Busra Al-Hareer was a child soldier identified by rebel social media activists as “Abu Yaqoub” – his age and real identity was not revealed by the armed group.
South of Busra Al-Hareer, the SAA’s 5th Division carried out a number of attacks on the militants from Liwaa Al-Yarmouk and Jabhat Al-Nusra at the villages of Al-Kirak, Sikaka, and Nahtah, where they destroyed three armed vehicles and killed at least a dozen enemy combatants.
The SAA’s 7th Mechanized Division also carried out a raid inside the town of Kafr Shamis after they broke-through the Free Syrian Army’s frontline defenses, capturing a weapons depot at the eastern axis.
Firefights were also reported at a number of villages and cities inside the Dara’a province, including ‘Alma, Saida, Tal Al-Maal, Dara’a Al-Balad, Inkhil, ‘Ibta, Kafr Nissaj, Sinameen, Dilli, Jadal, and Qarfa.