The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has ran into a brick-wall in the Al-Sweida Governorate; this is due in large part to the fierce resistance from the Druze Civil Defense Forces, which has been coupled with their unwillingness to concede any territory to the terrorist group around the northeastern countryside of the province.
However, ISIS has remained obstinate: the terrorist group views the predominately Druze province of Al-Sweida as the gateway to southern Syria; however, little do they know, the Druze of Al-Sweida view this territory in Jabal Al-‘Arab as their holy land and the mountaintop at Mount Shihan as their holiest site in the province.
As of recently, the northeastern front of Al-Sweida has become the focal point for ISIS’ military endeavors in southern Syria; and while, the terrorist group continues to launch numerous offensives across the country, the Al-Sweida Governorate has proven to be their most complex challenge of them all, due to the hostile civilians, unfamiliar territory, and well-armed militias.
On Monday morning, the armed combatants from ISIS stormed Tal Al-Bashaynah near the town of Qasr; however, the terrorist group was routed by the Druze Civil Defense Forces after a fierce battle that lasted six hours.
Finally, after the six hour firefight, the militants from ISIS withdrew to the northeastern countryside, but during their departure, they were the target of a vicious airstrike from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).