In a matter of one month, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) lost the 4th largest city in the Dara’a Governorate to the same forces they captured it from 18 months prior.
However, the loss of Sheikh Miskeen to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) revealed far more than just “bad luck” on the part of the Islamist rebels; it showcased the disunity among the Southern Front Brigades and their reliance on the Jihadist groups like Jabhat Al-Nusra in order to combat the pro-government forces.
Another factor that stuck out during the month-long battle for Sheikh Miskeen was the absence of their heavy armory; specifically, the lack of tanks used against the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored and 7th Mechanized divisions.
Inevitably, the rebel loss of Sheikh Miskeen came down to the lack of necessary military hardware to combat the Syrian Armed Forces.
The reality is that the Islamist rebels are lacking the monetary means to fight the Syrian Armed Forces in southern Syria; this was once again illuminated in the loss at Sheikh Miskeen.
Rebel fighters in Sheikh Miskeen posted videos on their social media accounts in order to plead with local groups to send their armored vehicles and tanks – no one answered the call.
Gas is hard to come by these days in Syria and without the monetary means to purchase it in neighboring Jordan, the rebels are forced to fight a war on their feet.
Capitalizing on the financial woes of the enemy forces, the Syrian Arab Army has launched a successful large-scale assault in northern Dara’a as a result of the rebel plight.
If the rebels are unable to find a remedy to their economic instability soon; it will take the Syrian Armed Forces far less than a month to seize the large cities of Nawa, Jassim, and Da’el.