Last Spring, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was forced to withdraw from their last Jordanian border-crossing at the village of Nassib after the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies Free Syrian Army (FSA) overran their positions in the Dara’a Governorate’s southern countryside.
Following a number of failed offensives at the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate by the Islamist rebels; it became the Syrian Arab Army’s turn to launch a series of offensives to recapture territory around this province in southern Syria.
Over the course of 90 days, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) – have regained a large amount of territory inside the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate, including in districts that were controlled by the Islamists for almost 2 years.
As a result of their renewed Dara’a City offensive, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division and their allies have captured several building blocks inside the Dara’a Al-Balad District, which has ultimately led them to the Nayif border-crossing into Jordan.
On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces shocked the Islamist rebels with a powerful assault at both Sheikh Miskeen and Dara’a City; this massive attack forced the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra to send their only reserves to the former in order to preserve their major supply line from the Al-Quneitra Governorate.
Taking advantage of the Islamists disarray, the Syrian Armed Forces pressed deeper into the Al-Manishiyah Quarter of the Dara’a Al-Balad District, seizing several building blocks en route to the strategic Nayif border-crossing that is controlled by the Islamist rebels.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are reportedly some few hundred meters away from the border of Jordan, leaving the Islamists in position to suffer their worst defeat in the Dara’a Governorate since early 2013.
The Nayif border-crossing is not only important because it links Jordan and Syria; it is also the Islamists main supply route from the Jordanian cities of ‘Irbid and Al-Mafraq.