On Saturday morning inside the Dara’a Governorate’s northern countryside, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) launched a counter-offensive at the strategic city of Sheikh Miskeen in order to reverse the gains made by the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division earlier this week.

However, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra could not get the offensive going on the right foot after their first assault on the southern district of Sheikh Miskeen was repelled within minutes of launching the preliminary attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive positions.

In addition to their failure at the southern district of Sheikh Miskeen, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra attempted to recapture the strategic hilltop of Tal Hamad along the Nawa-Sheikh Miskeen Road; however, this counter-assault was also repelled by the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division on Saturday afternoon.

According to a military source at the 5th Division’s headquarters in the city of Izra’a, the Syrian Armed Forces killed an estimated 30 enemy combatants during the failed counter-offensive; this number was reportedly comprised of mostly Jabhat Al-Nusra militants who led the charge at Sheikh Miskeen on Saturday.

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