The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched Operation Basalt this week. The liberation of southern Syria’s Da’ara and Quneitra provinces is going forward despite U.S. threats and Israeli attempts to slow it. Israel hit pro-Damascus forces and Iraqi Shi’a allies in the border town of al Hari in Deir Ezzor province. The Israeli suspected drone strike carried out Sunday night, initially blamed by Syrian media on the Americans (likely because IAF jets were once again detected by the Russians squawking on IFF/radar as American F15Es rather than IAF F15Is) struck the meeting near the Euphrates River city of Abu Kamal, killing scores of SAA and PMU fighters from Iraq.
Undaunted by Israeli aggression against a nominal US ally, the Iraqi PMU have bolstered their support for the SAA this week. Officers of the Iranian-backed militia are reportedly joining Syrian government forces assault on the jihadists in Quneitra this weekend. SAA T55, T72 and modern T90 battle tanks were transported by flatbed trucks to southern Syria, with artillery and Russian-supplied Urugan and Smerch rocket fire pounding jihadi positions, cutting militants off from the rest of the Da’ara pocket.Read More