Pro-government forces are now in control over about 60% of the southern Syrian province of Daraa, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria said on July 3 releasing maps allowing to compare the military situation before and after the start of the Syrian Army’s operation in the area.
Since late June, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated about 1,000km2 from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other miltiant groups, thus establishing control of 2,350km2 of the Daraa province.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allied militant groups remain in control of 1,350km2 – 34% of the province. The ISIS-linked Khalid al-Walid Army controls 250km2 – 6% of the province. It’s interesting to note that the ISIS-held area is located near the Israeli-occupied Golan Hegihts.
Currently, negotiations are ongoing between the Damascus government and more or less moderate militant groups in the province of Daraa. Damascus suggests them a reconciliation agreement which would allow militants to settle their legal status after a surrender of their weapons. However, the situation remains complicated because of a notable Hayat Tarhir al-Sham influence in the area.