On July 17, pro-government forces liberated the village of al-Mal and the nearby hill in the area north of the city of Daraa, southern Syria, the country’s state-run media says. According to the existing info, militants had contributed little resistance to stop the Syrian Army advance in the area.
Accoring to appearing reports, the army also entered the village of Aqrabaa and nearby points.
The defense of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has de-facto collapsed. According to some pro-government sources, militants have requested a ceasefire to negotiate a surrender agreement with the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliance. Nonetheless, government troops are continuing gaining more and more areas despite the negotiations.