BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Forces of the Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid militant group (alternatively called the ‘Saifullah al-Maslul’ Army) have conducted a powerful offensive operation against rebel factions in southwest Syria, snatching up three towns in rapid succession.

On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, ISIS-linked forces operating throughout the Yarmouk Basin region in the southwestern countryside of Daraa province launched a major assault against local rebel groups near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, blitzing through three towns over the course of a matter of hours.

The attack by ISIS appears to have been backed up by artillery, tanks and other heavy weapons and represents more than just a mere raid against rebel positions.

Rebel sources on the ground have identified the towns captured by Islamic State terrorists as Bakkar al-Sharqi, Al-Jabiliyah and Harat al-Majahid.

Free Syrian Army-linked fighters claim to have since retaken Al-Jabiliyah after what they describe as heavy clashes for the town and its surrounding countryside, however no additional reports have clarified the situation at Bakkar al-Sharqi and Harat al-Majahid, leading to the conclusion that both settlements remain under the control of ISIS for the time being.

 

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