According to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies managed to advance 21 km from their positions in the French post in the Zulf area in the northern Suweida countryside on Thursday. The SAA reached the Jireen Mountain and captured over 200 square km.
Moreover, the SAA managed to captuer Khubrat Rakba, Abu Khashba and Tal Makhrouta south and southeast of the Sis Mountain located in the desert southeast of During the operation, the SAA reportedly killed and wounded a large number of Syrian Free Army (FSA) fighters.
From its side, Assoud al-Sharkia announced that the commander known as Abu Saddam is in a hospital in Jordan after he was wounded during battles with the SAA denying rumors about his defection.
He was wounded in battles with the Syrian regime and is currently healing at a hospital in Jordan. pic.twitter.com/8Yn3uJkGsr
— Henry Leconte (@henrylec1) 12 July 2017
It seems that US-backed FSA groups will be pushed to withdraw to the US military base at At Tanf near the Syrian-Iraqi border. US-backed groups were unable to repel the SAA attack that destroyed their bases in the Damascus desert, and most of their equipment and resulted in killing and wounding of a large number of FSA fighters.
It’s expected that government forces will be able to recapture the whole desert area east of Damascus in the coming days, thus securing the capital and cutting off the supply routes from Jordan to the Eastern Ghouta and Eastern Qalamoun.