"The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside several paramilitary units, captured a large chunk of rebel-held territory in the eastern countryside of Al-Sweida, a military source told Al-Masdar last night.
According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies seized more than 60 square kilometers of territory in the Al-Zalfa area of Al-Sweida, marking the second largest advance for the pro-government forces in the last 72 hours.
With the Al-Zalfa area secured, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies will push further east in order to secure the provincial border and surround the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) near the Al-Tanf border-crossing to Iraq.
While the operation is led by the Syrian Arab Army, several pro-government paramilitary units are also participating in this offensive, including the National Defense Forces (NDF), Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Saraya Al-‘Areen, Hezbollah, and Kataeb Imam Al-‘Ali (Iraqi paramilitary)." AMN
For those of you who are "challenged" when dealing with maps and military affairs, I hope you will understand this post..
Following the 18 May US air attack on a Syrian Army led armored column 50 kilometers NW of al-tanf, Syria (no upper case letters in Arabic), the question was raised on SST as to why this column was advancing straight down the Damascus-Baghdad highway rather than advancing from the west through Suweida Governorate and the Jebel Druze. (jebel = mountain in Arabic).
Well, here you have the answer. The R+6 is also advancing along that axis. Look at the red circle folks. That indicates center of mass and the arrow indicates direction of movement. Evidently Druze objections to movement in that direction through their territory have been overcome.
It would seem to me that the SAG intention is clear. They intend to occupy and control their southern borders with Jordan and Iraq. IMO the US will resist that effort. pl