DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:35 P.M.) – After a month-long stalemate, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions have scored a series of gains in April and decisively won the upper hand in the ongoing battle for the provincial capital of Daraa.

Momentarily, jihadist factions have captured approximately 90% of the embattled Al-Manshiyah neighborhood as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) finally buckled under a continues wave of suicide bombings on the exposed suburb.

In the past 24 hours alone, rebel forces have seized dozens of buildings blocks in the Al-Manshiyah district, including the famous Oqbah Bin Nafe mosque.

With HTS and the FSA reaching the outskirts of the government-held Sajnah neighborhood, the SAA must set up a new sustainable defensive line if Syrian troops are to avoid being pushed back to the northern bank of the Daraa river, a line of retreat which would split the city in half between Islamist insurgents and largely secular government forces.

Nevertheless, the SAA is still able to call on the Russian Air Force in a bid to repel hostile jihadists. A picture released by HTS’ media department on Saturday shows the devastation caused by an air raid on a rebel-held area of Daraa city:

Meanwhile, an ISIS affiliated faction still controls of a pocket of formerly rebel-held territory in the western countryside of Daraa, representing a force to be reckoned with.

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ruaf and military do not have adequate power in Syria. As we have seen over and over, they can only be in one place at any one time, and even then, it is with limited effectiveness. Militants exploit this with results. They prepare consecutive attacks on several fronts; which minimizes AF effectiveness at any one front.

it would require at least 4 to 5 squadrons, so each can be tasked with operating in a particular front.

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Unfortunately, once one side schemes about gaining a massive upper hand, the other side does a similar move. If the Russian footprint in Syria increased, the US would increase its footprint, and vice versa. That’s why you see this parity where the two try to tiptoe around each other and do something here and there but they never really try to end the war.

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A number of SAA militia has been neutrelised by FSA factions.