BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – For the last three days, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been deadlocked in a tight battle against the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Southern Front Brigades near the Jordanian border.
The Free Syrian Army has repelled three major pushes towards the Nassib Crossing, despite the Syrian Arab Army’s heavy attacks on the towns of Saida and Al-Taybah.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army made another attempt to reach the Nassib Crossing, but they were met with heavy resistance from the Free Syrian Army and their allies at Al-Taybah’s northeastern axis.
Unlike the other battles in east Daraa, the Syrian Army has been attempting to advance towards from the Nassib Crossing without much air support.
With Russia negotiating with the opposition factions in southwest Syria, the Syrian Arab Army has not risked flying their planes as far south as the Jordanian border; this has proven to be a major problem for their ground troops.
Much of the Syrian Arab Army’s recent gains in east Daraa have come as a result of reconciliation deals; they have not really scored any major military advances against the enemy forces.
As long as the Russian and Syrian air forces are inactive, the government troops on the ground will likely find it difficult to crack the lines of the well-armed Free Syrian Army forces.