The Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division has been rather successful in the northern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate as of late, seizing the imperative city of Sheikh Miskeen and a number of hilltops along the road leading to Nawa.
However, for the first time in several months, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division – alongside the 7th Mechanized Division, the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – entered the strategic town of Kafr Shamis in the Dara’a Triangle after a violent battle with the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”
Upon entering Kafr Shamis yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division and their allies seized several building blocks from the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades”, while also killing a number of enemy combatants.
Among the dead Islamist militants killed in Kafr Shamis were the following: Hussein Mohammad Al-Ziniqat, Mohammad ‘Abdel-Nasser Al-Deiri, Wahid Fawaz Al-Jahamani, and Wahid Al-Sweidani.
The town of Kafr Shamis was captured by the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Division” and Jabhat Al-Nusra during their large-scale offensive inside the Al-Quneitra and Dara’a governorates in the spring of 2014.
The Syrian and Russian air forces have launched a number of airstrikes over the Dara’a Triangle recently; however, it is too early to tell whether or not the Syrian Armed Forces plan on carrying out an offensive.