BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an important offensive in the southeastern countryside of Damascus this past weekend that targeted the large rebel pocket in the Badiya region of the province.

Led by their 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to capture several sites east of the Al-Seen Airbase, including the Zaza Checkpoint, Sabihiyah Mountains, and Biyar Al-Saba area.

As a result of this recent advance today, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to impose fire control over this rural region north of the strategic Baghdad-Damascus Highway in southeast Damascus.

According to a Syrian Army officer in Damascus, the US-Jordanian Coalition has increased their presence at the Jordanian border in order to possibly deter the advancing government forces that are pushing to the Badiyah region of southeast Homs.

“We have intelligence reports revealing the build-up of US and Jordanian forces near the border,” the officer told Al-Masdar today.

It is difficult to confirm the validity of this report because the U.S. military has not corroborated these claims; however, it would make sense if they increased the size of their forces near the Syrian border because of the Free Syrian Army’s presence.

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