On August 9, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) countinued its advance in the northern al-Suwayda countryside and reached the areas of Dahrat Rashid, al-Naima, al-Salasil and al-Sawut, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The SANA’s reporter in the governorate of al-Suwayda said that the SAA killed several fighters of ISIS during its advance. Currently, engineer units of the SAA are removing dozens of mines and IEDs, which had been planted by ISIS fighters.
According to the Syrian al-Suwayda 24 blog, the SAA has secured more than 50 km2 since the beginning of its military operation against the remaining cells of ISIS in the northern countryside of al-Suwayda. Hundreds of local fighters and several units of Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) are participating in the operation.
Local sources said that ISIS fighters are now running away towards the heavily fortified area of al-Safa in the northern al-Suwayda countryside. The terrorists may be planning to reorganize their ranks and launch a counter attack from the area.