BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intensified their assault in the northeastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate this afternoon.
Using surface-to-surface missiles and heavy artillery, the Syrian Arab Army has relentlessly targeted the jihadist defenses inside the key town of Busra Al-Harir.
According to a military source in nearby Izra’a, the Syrian Arab Army has been trying to force the jihadist rebels inside this east Dara’a pocket to surrender before they begin their ground operations.
The source added that the Syrian Army’s recent operation to cut the road to Busra Al-Harir was conducted in order to pressure the rebels to surrender; it did not signal the start of their long-awaited offensive.
The Syrian Army’s offensive in southwest Syria is not likely to start for another few days, as they continue to test the jihadist defenses around eastern Dara’a.
East Dara’a is likely going to be the first major operation of the offensive because it is far away from the Israeli border and it is the location of the Nassib Crossing.
Retaking the Nassib Crossing from the jihadist rebels is one of the Syrian Arab Army’s primary objectives in southwest Syria, as Damascus is attempting to reestablish trade with Jordan.