This is a map of territorial control by faction in the Middle East. Please note that resolution (and thus accuracy) is limited by the program used, and as such this map is not intended to give a completely precise view of the frontlines but rather a province-by-province breakdown of control. Countries and factions are mapped according to the exact color of their flags (with the exception of Turkey).
The recent Syrian Army advances in the eastern countryside of Daraa governorate has changed the reality of travel in the region. Prior to Operation Basalt, if one wanted to travel between Daraa to Suwayda by car, the trip would have taken two hours. Now that al-Hirak has been taken by the government, the road trip lasts only an hour and twenty minutes.
In the above slideshow, a satellite image from June 22 is compared to one from June 25. Constrating the images, destroyed buildings can be see, indicated by red circles. These buildings were destroyed by Russian and Syrian airstrikes, because the buildings were suspected of housing rebel fighters.
Darayya and nearby Muadamiyat al-Sham (southwest of Damascus) have seen some of the fiercest battles during the course of Syrian Civil War. For almost four years rebels were besieged by forces loyal to Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. During that siege huge parts of the city were destroyed (what can be seen in Google Earth). Continue reading
Red: Syrian government
Turkey has spent over a month building an observation post north of the rebel-held town of Qalaat al Madiq, near the line of control with Syrian government forces in the Ghab plain. Continue reading
On Thursday night, Israeli jet fighters flying over Lebanese airspace launched cruise missiles at the Syrian government airbase of Dabaa, directly north of the town of Qusayr, 10 km from the border with Lebanon. Continue reading
The Astana agreement (the result of peace talks between Russia, Turkey, the Syrian government, and rebels) mandated the construction of Russian and Turkish military observation posts along frontlines, with Russian posts inside Syrian government territory and Turkish posts inside rebel territory. Continue reading
With the capture of the Yarmouk camp, the Syrian government has taken full control over the Damascus city governorate. This means it now controls seven out of the fourteen internationally-recognized provinces of the country.