On June 26, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled an attack of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) on its positions around the city of Daraa. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that HTS used several vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) against the SAA. However, the SAA was able to destroy them all.
SAA soldiers also destroyed ten vehicles, armored personnel carriers (APCs) and battle tanks of HTS and the FSA with anti-tanks guided missiles (ATGMs), according to the SANA.
The failed attack was likely an attempt of HTS and the FSA to slow down the SAA operation around Daraa, which began a day earlier. The operation is aimed at securing the silos and the Gharaz prison east of the city in order to outflank the militant-held part of Daraa from this direction.
HTS and the FSA will likely launch more joint attacks around Daraa city and in the eastern Daraa countryside in the upcoming days. However, these attempts will likely fail due to the superior fire power of the SAA and its allies.