Over the weekend, the coalition of Free Syrian Army brigades known as the “Southern Front” launched another major offensive in the city of Daraa, the results of which have been described as “insufficient” at best and “costly” at worst.
After shelling the city with artillery shells for hours on Friday, the Southern Front was unable to advance under the continuous airstrikes from the Syrian Air Force, as field reports confirmed 6 Southern Front commanders were killed in the battle, along with several regular fighters.
These costly offensives that desperately try to mirror Jaysh Al-Fateh’s success in Idlib, have done nothing but further degrade the Southern Front’s leadership and morale – only time will tell if they get any tangible results.
The Al-Quneitra Governorate, however, has been the sight of some impressive battles as of late.
The rebel groups have threatened the Syrian Armed Forces, stating that any bomb which lands on Jubatha Al-Kashab and Tarnjah will be met with relentless shellings of Hadar and Khan ‘Arnabah; this did not, however, deter Fouj Al-Joulan and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitr, as they recently captured both Al-Himriyat and Tal Qabas in the vicinity.
Meanwhile, the SAA conducted operations in the forest around Jabata Al-Kashab, killing over 17 opposition militants, including combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Southern Front.