The battle for the city of Sheikh Miskeen in the Dara’a Governorate’s northern countryside is turning out to be one of the most important battles taking place around the country between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA)/Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).
On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade of the 5th Armored Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Izra’a and the SAA’s 7th Mechanized Division – continued their assault on the southern district of Sheikh Miskeen, where they specifically targeted several hideouts belonging to Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army inside the city.
Following a fierce series of firefights with the Islamist rebels, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade and their allies (specifically, the 7th Mechanized Division) seized over 40 buildings in the southern district, including a command-and-control center that belonged to the Free Syrian Army’s commanding officers operating inside of Sheikh Miskeen.
According to a battlefield journalist embedded with the Syrian Armed Forces in Sheikh Miskeen, the Syrian Arab Army’s 15th Brigade and their allies are currently in control of 75 percent of the southern district, leaving only two dozen building blocks to go before they can announce the city under their control.
While the Syrian Armed Forces have made significant progress inside of Sheikh Miskeen, they still have an arduous journey through the southern district, as this area of the city will likely intensify with violence in the coming days.