Syria Army Retakes City in Daraa Countryside
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Syria’s armed forces continued its advances in the southern province of Daraa, retaking the Tafas.
The Syrian army entered the city of Tafas in Daraa countryside after its joining the reconciliation and raising the national flag over the city council’s building, the Arab country’s official news agency, SANA, reported.
The army has so far captured more than 75% of Daraa province and is effectively encircling militants in the provincial capital, as more towns and villages across the southern province are entering into reconciliation agreements with the government.
The return of Daraa to Syrian government's complete control would deal a big psychological blow to terrorists and opposition groups.
On Saturday, Syrian troops captured the Nassib district, the main border crossing with Jordan after the militants announced they had reached an agreement with Russian mediators to end the violence in Daraa and surrender the crossing.
Taking back the Nassib crossing paves the way for the Syrian president to reopen a trade artery vital to his hopes of reviving the Syrian economy and starting to rebuild government-held areas.
Syrian forces next target in the southwest appears to be Quneitra province at the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where fighting between militants and Syrian forces escalated on Friday.