BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has struck back against the Islamic State (ISIS) forces in northeast Al-Sweida after spending the last few days on the defensive in the Badiya Al-Sham region.
Backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army began this morniing’s attack by storming the Islamic State’s positions around the Safa Canyon.
According to a field report from the Al-Sweida countryside, the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces are working to retake several points that were lost to the Islamic State earlier this week.
Also aiding the SAA’s attack this morning was the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), who carried out several airstrikes over the Islamic State’s positions in the Badiya Al-Sham region.
The Islamic State has maintained a strong presence in the Badiya Al-Sham region of Al-Sweida, despite the fact they have been under a heavy attack by the Syrian Arab Army since March.
ISIS recently took advantage of the Syrian Arab Army’s southwest Syria offensive to launch several attacks against the government’s forces in Al-Sweida.
While they have made only limited gains, they often carry out hit-and-run attacks that inflict heavy damage on the Syrian Army’s positions.
With the battle for southwest Syria coming to an end, the Syrian Arab Army will likely look to clear this Badiya Al-Sham pocket once and for all.