After the final withdrawal of militants from the de-escalation zones in Eastern Ghouta and Homs, the Syrian Arab Army is planning a large-scale offensive against the ISIS and Hay’at Tahrir al Sham militants in the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra in Southern Syria.
As it became known, Israel expressed support for the intentions of Damascus to conduct a military operation in southern Syria. Tel Aviv approved the operation even in spite of the existing contradictions between the countries regarding the participation of the pro-Iranian forces on the side of the Syrian troops. The Israeli leadership made this decision largely because of the growing terrorist threat, as the number of militants in the Daraa region has reached 5,000 people.
However, the start of the operation may be postponed due to active opposition from the US. Washington will do its best to prevent the Syrian government troops from clearing this territory of militants, who over the past few years have taken control of more than half of de-escalation zone. The United States said that they would not allow the Syrian army to go further into the territory controlled by the so-called “Syrian opposition”.
In the face of the increasing pressure of the Syrian army on militants throughout the country, the US will hold on to a few controlled areas, which they view as levers of influence on the situation in Syria.