Fighters from al-Qaida’s Nusra Front and other insurgents attacked and briefly entered Baath City in southern Syria on Thursday, the army’s last major bastion in a province flanking the Golan Heights.

The battle is part of a campaign launched by the insurgents this week to take control of the entire Quneitra province. Only Baath City and neighboring Khan Arnaba town remain under President Bashar Assad’s forces.

“If they fall the rebels will have secured the second province after Raqqa,” said Abu Said Jolani, an activist in the area. […]