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SEPTEMBER 2020

Syrian Military Begins Its Advance Along Border with Jordan, Captures Several Positions

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On June 5, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, launched a new ground attack on positions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) along the border with Jordan in the eastern Daraa countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

So far, the SAA has captured nine border posts between “point 71” and “point 79” along with the villages of Samad, Samaj, Ard al-Atrash, Tisiyah, Khirbat Quluah, Abu Qatunah, al-Mashafi, Abu Ras, al-Sumaqiyat, al-Amman, Nada and Maqtalah.

Syrian Military Begins Its Advance Along Border with Jordan, Captures Several Positions

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This is the first time the SAA enters these border positions in the eastern Daraa countryside since 2012. Currently, the army is stationed less than 15km east of the strategic Nassib border crossing.

A reconciliation agreement with the US-backed Shabab al-Sunnah group in the nearby town of Bosra al-Sham facilitated the SAA advance along the Syrian-Jordanian border. The SAA will likely continue its advance along the border in the upcoming hours, unless a general agreement on southern Syria was reached.

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