BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their long-awaited southwest Syria offensive last week, following a large build-up of their forces in the Dara’a and Al-Quneitra governorates.
Within hours of launching this large-scale offensive, the Syrian Arab Army was able to secure several advances in the northeastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate.
The Syrian Arab Army would eventually capture at least nine towns from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, forcing the latter to retreat towards the key town of Busra Al-Harir.
Capturing Busra Al-Harir from the jihadist rebels is currently one of the Syrian Arab Army’s top priorities in southwest Syria, as this is a stronghold for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in northeast Dara’a.
However, before capturing Busra Al-Harir, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are planning on enveloping town in order to pressure the jihadist rebels to surrender.
The Syrian Arab Army has used this military tactic in several previous battles; it has often worked for the government forces, despite international scrutiny over siege warfare.
Once Busra Al-Harir is captured, the Syrian Army is planning on moving south towards the historical city of Busra Al-Sham and the nearby Nassib Crossing.
The first phase of the southwest Syria offensive will conclude once the Nassib Crossing is retaken from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.