BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:41 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with the support of the National Defense Forces (NDF) and other allies have officially recaptured all lost points to the west of al-Baath city in Quneitra Governonate, effectively reversing every gain that jihadist militants were able to achieve yesterday. The recaptured points include Mashtal Al-Zohor, the Fire Station building and the Security Force building (Al-Mafrazeh).

As of the time of this report, all clashes in the vicinity of al-Baath city have ended with the exception of an ongoing artillery duel been pro-government forces and Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). According to reports, the SAA and its allies were able to destroy a jihadist tank near Samadniyah town this morning with an ATGM. Furthermore, HTS militants lost more than 20 fighters in their failed offensive, while the SAA lost around 10 fighters repelling it.

Most observers agree that HTS launched their offensive on al-Baath in an attempt to relieve pressure on it and its allies further south in the city of Daraa. Despite the jihadists boldly naming their operation “Road to Damascus”, it is more likely that the real strategic objective was only to seize al-Baath from government control and push pro-government forces to relocate key formations from Daraa (where elite groupings such as the 4th Armoured Division are currently invested) to al-Baath.

Below are pictures of three HTS fighters which were killed in the offensive. The above-used cover picture is of an SAA soldier on the front line in the area of al-Baath.

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