Overview on the Military Situation of Idlib Province (Northern Syria) & Daraa Province (Southern Syria)

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Overview on the Military Situation of Idlib Province (Northern Syria) & Daraa Province (Southern Syria)

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:: IDLIB PROVINCE ::

Large Cities:
– Idlib (Regime-held)
22– Ma’art al-Nu’man (Rebel-held)
– KhanShaykhun (Rebel-held)
– Jisr ash-Shughur (Regime-held)
– Ariha (Regime-held)
– Saraqib (Rebel-held)
– Harem (Rebel-held)

Military Bases:
– Taftanaz Airbase (Rebel-held)
– Abu Adhuhur Airbase (Regime-held / Besieged by Rebels)
– Hamidiyah Military Camp (Rebel-held)
– Wadi al-Dayf Military Camp (Rebel-held)
– al-Shabiba Military Camp (Rebel-held)
– Baath Vanguard Camp (Regime-held)
– Idlib Central Prison (Rebel-held)

Rebels started to launch military operations in this province since the beginning of the armed revolution in mid-2011.
The Regime lost many areas and cities (including border crossing with Turkey) this province since 2011, but retook control of some areas in 2013 like Ariha City.
After the latest Rebellion advances in this province and controlling all the Military Camps and villages in Southern Idlib, the Regime ended up controlling Idlib/Latakia Road (including the cities/villages on the road) as the last Regime supply line to Idlib City.

Most of the high ranked Regime officers who defected from the Syrian Arab Army, are from Idlib Province, including the following:
– General Mustafa al-Sheikh (Atme)
– Colonel Riyad al-As’ad (Abdeita)
– Colonel Hussein Harmush (Iblin)
– Lt. Colonel AbdulSattar Yunso (Bidama)
Other Revolutionary leaders:
– Ahmed Issa al-Sheikh (Sarjeh)
– Jamal Ma’ruf (DeirSunbul)

:: DARAA PROVINCE ::

Large Cities:
– Daraa (Contested)
– Nawa (Rebel-held)21
– Dael (Rebel-held)
– Sanamayn (Regime-held)
– Izzra’ (Regime-held)
– Harrah (Rebel-held)
– Jasim (Rebel-held)
– SheikhMaskin (Contested)
– Bosra (Contested)

Military Bases:
– Brigade 61 (Rebel-held)
– Brigade 112 (Rebel-held)
– Brigade 38 (Rebel-held)
– Brigade 82 (Contested)
– Brigade 52 (Regime-held)
– Brigade 15 (Regime-held)
– 9th Division (Regime-held)
– Daraa Central Prison (Rebel-held)

Rebels started to launch military operations in this province since the beginning of the armed revolution in mid-2011.
The Regime launched strong military operations in this province in 2013, retook many areas including the strategic areas of KhirbetGhazaleh village and Harrah City with its hill (Tall Harrah), cutting the Rebellion supply lines to Western Ghouta near Damascus.

In late 2013, Rebels were able to take control of Tafas town, Hajjanah Battalion, National Hospital in Jasim and Daraa border crossing.
Rebels in 2014 started to launch military operations in both of Daraa and Qunaitra provinces, broke the siege of Nawa and SheikhMaskin cities and advanced rapidly in mid-2014 and late 2014 to retake most of the areas they lost in 2013.

Rebels achievements in Daraa province in 2014:
– Broke siege of Nawa, SheikhMaskin and Tasil.
– Control all the western part of the province.
– Reach South West of RifDimashq province (DeirMakir & Danaji).
– Cut the main supply line to Nasib border crossing.
– Control strategic military bases like Brigade 61, Brigade 112, Tall Harrah, Tall Jumou’, Hajjajiyah Tank Battalion and Daraa Central Prison.
– Reach the last Regime supply line to Daraa City (between SheikhMaskin and Izzra’).

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