Despite the success in northern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) still remains in an intense battle on the southern front, as they attempt to retake a number of villages and cities under the control of the rebel forces.

On Tuesday morning, the SAA’s 7th Mechanized Division engaged a large Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) contingent entrenched in the village of Kafr Shamis, killing over a dozen militants and destroying an armored vehicle mounted with a 23mm anti-aircraft machine gun.

A Jordanian national was identified among the dead Al-Nusra Front militants at Kafr Shamis; the enemy combatant was named “’Ali ‘Umran Al-Bakarat” from ‘Amman.

The 7th Division continued their assault on Zimreen and Sinameen south of Kafr Shamis, attempting to break-through the Al-Nusra Front and 1st Brigade’s frontline defenses. According to a military source, 14 militants were killed in these villages; meanwhile, the SAA suffered 3 casualties during the fierce battle.

At Kafr Nissaj and Tal ‘Antar, Hezbollah (Party of God) and the 9th Armored Division confronted a number of militants from the Al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army in these areas, while attempting to improve their positions from the east.

The firefights in northern Dara’a have become increasingly more violent as of late; however, both sides have been unable to achieve any significant progress in the last 7 days.

In Al-Quneitra, Hezbollah and 9th Division are inching their way closer to the Israeli border, as they continue to progress in the village of Mosahra. Hezbollah was able to fight their way to Tal Syria Tel, where they were able to stake their positions north of this hill.

 

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