BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 P.M.) – The rebel forces have handed over more towns to the Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate “Jaysh Khaled bin Walid” in southwest Syria, a military source told Al-Masdar News this evening.
According to the military source, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) handed over at least eight towns to Jaysh Khaled bin Walid in the Yarmouk Basin region of southwest Daraa.
The source continued that the towns handed over to the Islamic State were the following: Bakar, Al-Abdali, Jabiliyah, Maqraz, Maalqa, Majaheed, Dariyat, Abu Hajar, Mashiydah, Ayn Zabidah and Sad Jabiliyah.
All of these towns were handed over to Jaysh Khaled bin Walid over the last 48 hours, the source added.
This move by the Free Syrian Army comes just days after they surrendered almost all of the northwestern countryside of Daraa to the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.
However, it was expected from the Free Syrian Army, as they have handed over several other towns to the Islamic State forces near the Yarmouk Basin region.
For the Syrian Arab Army, the large Jaysh Khaled bin Walid pocket in the Yarmouk Basin region is their next military objective in southwest Syria.
Once this region is captured, the Syrian Army will be in full control of southwest Syria.