The Rapid Changes in the Military Situation in [ Nawa – SheikhMaskin – Izzra’ ] Axis in Daraa Province, Southern Syria
After they realized that taking control the cities and villages without controlling the military areas around them would end up loosing the city and large number of civilians by the Regime’s air-force attacks, Syrian Rebels started a new strategy in 2014 in order to retake the cities and villages they lost it in 2012 and 2013.
In early 2014, Syrian Rebels launched heavy military operations in order to retake Nawa City (the 2nd largest city in Daraa Province) by taking control of Tall al-Jabiyah and Brigade 61 in it, then besieging the Regime in Tall Jomou’ and taking control of SheikhSa’ad village and the artillery base in it, forced the Regime to stay resisting in the eastern side of the city until they retreated from the whole area in late 2014 after Rebels took control of their last supply route from SheikhMaskin City.
In late 2014, Rebels managed to break the siege on SheikhMaskin after the new Regime operations in the besieged city. Rebels were able to control most of the city and completed their control of it in January 25, 2015 after taking control of Brigade 82 and all the outskirts of SheikhMaskin City.
It was a big loss for the Syrian Regime by loosing both of Nawa and SheikhMaskin cities in Southern Syria, which gave the Regime the one choice only; to stay resisting in Izzra’ City in order to keep controlling the supply route between Damascus City (the capital) and Daraa City. Damascus/Daraa International Road (M5 Rd) is the last Regime supply route to Izzra’ and Daraa City, after loosing SheikhMaskin and the bases in the northern outskirts of the city, in addition to the villages on this road (Delli and Suhayliyah).
It would be the biggest trouble for the Regime troops if they will be not able to push Rebels and stop their advances toward Lajat area, after many Rebellion groups (mainly the Free Syrian Army) who announced several times that they will keep advancing until reaching their controlled territories in Lajat area, and this advance will not happen unless Rebels take control of Izzra’ City.
Rebels gained GTAM missiles after they took control of the Fire Battalion which is considered as part of Brigade 82 in SheikhMaskin. Activists in Syria said that the Regime in Syria has lost the most powerful Air-Defense bases in Southern Syria; Brigade 38 in 2013 and Brigade 82 in 2015.
At the end, the following map would show and describe the Rebellion success in three months only (from October 2014 to January 2015) in the most strategic area Daraa Province.