The Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade of the 5th Armored Division has resumed their imperative offensive in the strategic city of Sheikh Miskeen after a brief hiatus in order to combat the large counter-assault launched by the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade – alongside the 7th Mechanized Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – launched a three axes assault on the Islamist rebel defenses inside Sheikh Miskeen, striking the joint forces of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army at the southern district of the city.

According to the preliminary reports from Sheikh Miskeen, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade and their allies were able to crack the Islamist rebel defenses at the eastern flank of the southern district after Jabhat Al-Nusra was forced to retreat in order to avoid being overrun.

Some of the issues plaguing the Islamist rebels in Sheikh Miskeen have to do with the lack of armored vehicles (specifically, a lack of tanks) and the infighting taking place between Harakat Al-Muthanna and Jaysh Al-Yarmouk.

These two aforementioned rebel groups are currently fighting at the southern outskirts of Sheikh Miskeen, where Harakat Al-Muthanna has blocked the supply road to the city after a dispute with members of Jaysh Al-Yarmouk.

If the Islamist rebels do not find a solution to stop the Syrian Arab Army advance in Sheikh Miskeen, they will ultimately lose this imperative city in the Dara’a Governorate’s northern countryside.

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