On June 26, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have kicked off an advance against militants in the countryside of the Daraa provincial capital.
According to pro-government sources, government forces are aiming to retake the siols and the Gharaz prison. This move pursues two goals:
- to outlfank the militant-held part of Daraa city from the eastern direction;
- to isolate militants in the village of Elnaymah from their counterparts in the city of Daraa.
Some sources say that the SAA may make an attempt to reach the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in order to cut off a major part of the militants’ supply lines in the area. However, this is much less likely than the previous two points.
The SAA attack in the Daraa countryside comes amid the developing anti-militant operation led by the Tiger Forces northeast of the city of Daraa. Government forces have recently liberated the entire district of Lajat and some nearby villages there.