Saad al-Haj, a media officer of Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya, told Jordanian media that Hezbollah and other allied forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are working to strengthen their presence in the area around At Tanf and in Zuluf controlled by the US-led coalition and its proxy forces. Pro-government forces are allegedly preparing to launch a battle against the US-backed Syrian Free Army (FSA) near the Syrian-Jordanian border.
According to Al-Haj, Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya has observed an SAA convoy on the Dumeir road. The convoy allegedly included 15 battle tanks, 8 Gvosdika self-propelled guns, 8 130mm guns, 20 trucks and 15 buses in addition to armed vehicles.
“The destination of this convoy was Al-Badia al-Shamia in Sweida near the Jordanian border, in order to stabilize points that these militias managed to capture recently.” Al-Hai said. “The regime is currently busy on the front lines with ISIS organization, and perhaps this issue is one of the most important reasons that don’t push the regime to send large troops to the desert currently.”
According to al-Haj, the SAA operation “Grand Dawn” has failed. Al-Haj believes that SAA was unable to capture all the areas it had wanted to reach.
SAA sources confirmed that the convoy that al-Haj spoke about was belonging to the 800th battalion during its redeployment to the Sukhna front to fight ISIS. The convoy was not set to participate in an operation at the Syrian-Jordanian border.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA has already achieved all its goals declared at the start of the “Grand Dawn” Operation. The SAA has reached the Syrian-Iraqi border, secured a large area of the Syrian-Jordanian border, and isolated the US-led coalition forces in the At Tanf area. With these advances, government forces have secured the Syrian capital Damascus, besieged Jaysh al-Islam in Eastern Qalamoun and liberated the entire area between the Zaza Triangle in Damascus countryside, and Zuluf in Suwaida countryside.