BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Zero hour is approaching for the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) second phase of the Badiya Al-Sham offensive in east Al-Sweida, a military source told Al-Masdar News.

According to the military source, the Syrian Air Force has already begun hammering the Islamic State’s (ISIS) positions in he Badiya Al-Sham, scoring several direct hits on the terrorist group’s defenses.

With the large number of reinforcements that arrived in eastern Al-Sweida this weekend, the Syrian military is poised to kickoff the second phase of this offensive.

Unlike the first phase, the second is geared at seizing the Islamic State’s stronghold at Al-Kara’a and securing the Tal Barakat area, which has been contested as of late.

The Islamic State currently possesses a large presence in this vast desert area, which is one of the reasons why the Syrian Army has recently shifted their attention to this front.

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