Last year, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division launched an offensive to recapture the eastern district of Sheikh Miskeen from the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Brigade” and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”; however, the promising assault turned sour when the aforementioned Islamist rebel groups countered and took control of both Sheikh Miskeen and the large city of Nawa within 48 hours.
For the first time since losing Sheikh Miskeen and Nawa in the Dara’a Governorate’s northern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division – in conjunction with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Izra’a – have restarted military operations at the strategic city of Sheikh Miskeen, capturing the Water Company Facility, the Military Base, and the poultry farms en route to reaching the western district’s outskirts over the weekend.
On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Army’s 15th Brigade of the 5th Armored Division struck the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” at the western district of Sheikh Miskeen, killing several enemy combatants before overrunning their defensive positions to enter the city for the first time in a year.
According to a military source at the 5th Division’s headquarters in the city of Izra’a, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade and the National Defense Forces entered Sheikh Miskeen’s western district, but were later forced to withdraw in order to allow for the Syrian Arab Air Force’s (SAAF) fighter jets to bombard the Islamist rebels.
If the Syrian Arab Army is able to recapture Sheikh Miskeen in northern Dara’a, they will be in position to secure the Syrian government stronghold of Izra’a and increase their presence along the Dara’a-Sinamayn Road.