A rebel fighter of the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army gestures while standing with his fellow fighter near their weapons at the front line in the north-west countryside of Deraa, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

On Tuesday morning, the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” launched a fresh offensive in northwest Dara’a to recapture the territory they lost to the Syrian Arab Army’s 7th Armored Division in the Fall of 2014 after they had already taken control of this area during their summer offensive at the strategic town of Tal Al-Harrah.

The Southern Front’s offensive is specifically targeting the hilltops at Tal Qareen and Tal Al-‘Alaqiyah, along with the Syrian Armed Forces’ positions at the town of Kafr Nissaj, where the latter is currently positioned just north of the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Brigade.

According to field reports from a military source in Dara’a, the Southern Front Brigades attempted to break-through the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses at Tal Qareen; however, the rebel units were repelled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after repeated attempts to breach their positions in order to take the hilltop.

In addition to their assault at Tal Qareen, the Southern Front Brigades attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at Tal Al-‘Alaqiyah and Kafr Nissaj, where both parties exchanged rounds of gunfire for an inch of ground – firefights are still ongoing at these two areas.

If the rebel forces can recapture the Dara’a Triangle, they can reestablish their supply route from Tal Al-Harrah to the West Ghouta in the Rif Dimashq Governorate.

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