On August 4, a source in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told SouthFront that the SAA reached the town of Haman in the framework of its ongoing security operation against ISIS cells and smugglers in the area of al-Lajat, in the northeastern Daraa countryside.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the SAA has arrested more than 320 suspects since the beginning of the security operation.
The Tiger Forces and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are reportedly taking part in the security operation, which began on August 2. Furthermore, warplanes and helicopters of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) are carrying out reconnaissance sorties over al-Lajat.
Over the last three years, ISIS cells in al-Lajat smuggled weapons from the opposition-held areas in southern Syria to ISIS in the northeastern part of the country. These cells were also involved in illegal oil trafficking from ISIS-held areas.
Once the security operation is over, the SAA will declare al-Lajat a military zones and establish several bases in it, according to pro-government activists. This step is aimed at securing southern Syria and countering the influence of ISIS there.