For the last two months, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division (specifically, the 15th Brigade and the 82nd Battalion) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have quietly been advancing inside the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate, capturing several building blocks every week from the Free Syrian Army’s “Southern Front Brigades” and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).
With this structured advance taking place inside the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division and the National Defense Forces of Dara’a City are currently en route to the Dara’a-Jordan border-crossing that has been under the control of opposition since 2013.
Surprisingly underreported by both sides, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Division is now within a few hundred meters of the Jordanian border-crossing in southwest Dara’a; if captured, the Syrian Armed Forces will have effectively cutoff the Islamist rebels main supply route from the Jordanian cities of ‘Irbid and Mafraq.
Earlier this week, the Islamist rebels from the Free Syrian Army attempted to capture the imperative town of Judaydah in northwestern Dara’a; however, this attempt to alleviate the pressure on Dara’a City failed, as the attack was repelled after the Southern Front Brigades sustained heavy casualties and the destruction of their heavy armory.
It is only a matter of time before the Syrian Armed Forces capture the Dara’a-Jordan border-crossing; furthermore, this raises the question about their future presence inside the provincial capital’s southern sector.