Three weeks ago, the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front” brigades were in prime position to capture the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate, while also opening up a new front in the Al-Sweida Governorate after they captured the strategic “52nd Brigade” base on the border of the province.
To much of the Southern Front’s surprise, the Syrian Armed Forces proved to be well-prepared for their full-scale assault at the provincial capital of Dara’a, as the latter killed over 200 enemy combatants from the Free Syrian Army in two week.
North of Dara’a City, the militants from the FSA’s Southern Front – in coordination with Jaysh Al-Yarmouk – attempted to capture the strategic town of Khirbat Al-Ghazalah near the 5th Armored Division’s headquarters in the city of Izra’a; however, unlike their two week long offensive at the provincial capital, the Southern Front’s assault ended at Khirbat Al-Ghazalah in a matter of four days.
Adding insult to injury for the Southern Front, their large-scale offensive at the Tha’lah Military Airbase in the Al-Sweida Governorate was thwarted by the Druze Civil Defense Forces and the Syrian Arab Army’s 52nd Brigade of the 5th Armored Division after one week of fighting that eventually developed into a counter-offensive by the latter to recapture the territory surrounding the base.
The Druze Civil Defense Forces have now captured the Sheikh Al-Hussein Mountains, Tal Sukakah, Sukakah, and the rugged hills around the border of Al-Sweida.
Meanwhile, the Southern Front offensive at the Golan Heights began somewhat promising for the rebel contingents; however, the territory they originally captured at Tal Al-Hamr was eventually recaptured by Fouj Al-Joulan (Golan Regiment) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quenitra (Al-Quneitra Hawks) after one week of fighting.