Last Fall, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division – in cooperation with the 9th Armored Division, Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – launched a large-scale offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate, attacking numerous villages and hills near the border of the Al-Quneitra Governorate.
The offensive was relatively successful for the Syrian Armed Forces, as they captured the strategic towns of Deir Al-‘Adas, Al-Habbariyah and Al-Sultaniyah, along with their surrounding hills after fierce clashes with the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group Jabhat Al-Nusra that lasted just over two weeks.
However, following almost one month of non-stop fighting, the Syrian Armed Forces were forestalled by the rebel contingents at the imperative towns of Kafr Shamis, Kafr Nissaj and Zimreen; this ended the offensive and resulted in the Syrian Armed Forces not achieving their primary objective, which was the capture of Al-Harra.
Fast forward to last Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade of the 5th Division conducted a surprise assault at the eastern perimeter of Kafr Shamis, resulting in their infiltration and capture of the northeastern entrance to the town.
Despite the lack of progress achieved by the 15th Brigade’s surprise attack; this offered some insight into the Syrian Armed Forces’ future military endeavors.
The Syrian Armed Forces are finishing up their integral battle in the resort-city of Al-Zabadani and soon, they will focus their attention to a new front, which is likely to be the Mount Hermon front and the Dara’a triangle.
This will not be an easy task for the Syrian Armed Forces, as they will be facing off against one of the largest and well-armed rebel forces in Syria: the Free Syrian Army’s Southern Front Brigades.
The Syrian Armed Forces will not be alone; all signs point to the Al-Quneitra Governorate as Hezbollah’s next destination in Syria and they will be greatly needed, especially in the mountains of the Golan.