DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State in the far southwest Syria is taking on more rebel fighters who have faced a terrible defeat by the Syrian Army across Daraa province.
Militants from Tafas and nearby towns are increasingly joining the Islamic State army in the western flanks of Daraa as the Syrian forces are steadily advancing against rebel groups across the entire southern province.
Even though the town of Tafas hasn’t yet practically fallen to the government troops, the course of the battles foreshadows a massive defeat for the West-backed fighters.
Scores of militants have defected their factions to be recruited in an ISIS-affiliated group, having made their minds not to accept reconciliation agreements.
Khalid Ibn al-Walid Army, an ultraconservative group which has pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, is controlling the Yarmouk Basin located in the junction of Israeli-Jordanian-Syrian borders.
With Daraa offensive launched more than 2 weeks ago, thousands of civilians in the Yarmouk Basin attempted to flee the area as battles near. However, ISIS jihadists prevented them from leaving; forcing them to stay in order to be later used as human shields.