BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – On Saturday, rebel activists reported that their troops managed to retake several areas from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southwest Syria after launching a powerful counter-offensive.
However, a source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar on Saturday evening that these reports were false, adding that the military is still on the offensive in several areas across the Daraa Governorate.
The Syrian Arab Army has seized almost the entire eastern region of the Daraa Governorate after launching a large-scale offensive against the rebel forces last week.
Since launching this offensive, the Syrian Army has also managed to capture two major towns (Al-Hirak, Busra Al-Harir) from the rebel forces, while clearing several corresponding hilltops and villages as well.
The primary objective of this first phase of the Syrian Army offensive is to capture the historical city of Busra Al-Sham and strategic Nassib Crossing into Jordan.
If the Syrian Army is successful in taking Busra Al-Sham, they will be able to seal the Al-Sweida Governorate border for the first time in years.
In regards to the Nassib Crossing, the Syrian Army is looking to promote trade and commerce with Jordan, so they need a direct road from Damascus to ‘Amman.
The Syrian Army offensive will likely intensify in the coming days, as the rebel forces have made it clear they are not going to surrender their remaining territory to the government.