After months of stalemate in Daraa, the ISIS affiliate ‘Jaish Khaled Bin Al-Walid’ smuggled a suicide bomber behind enemy lines this evening and blew up the rebel headquarters in Inkhil, a town in Syria’s southern governorate of Daraa.
The attack killed seven rebel commanders and targeted a meeting between Southern Front factions loosely connected to the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Fives of the commander names have been obtained by Al-Masdar News; Fayez Tuwyres, Hussam Al-Nasser, Atef Abou Halab, Nizal Al-Shabli, and Abou Muhannad Al-Galehi – the latter commander was chief of the FSA-linked Mujahideen Horan Brigade.
A further 20, mostly rebel fighters, were killed during the explosion too.
Meanwhile, the ISIS suicide bomber has been identified as a man called Abou Hamza, according to an Islamic State media outlet. His picture can be seen here:
Jaish Khaled Bin Al-Walid, Daraa’s ISIS affiliate, was formed in May 2016 after the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade and the Islamic Muthanna Movement merged to one group fighting under the Islamic State banner.
Remarkably, ISIS still controls a dozen village on the border with Israel in southwestern Daraa. The area came under Islamic State control after hundreds of Islamist fighters defected from the Syrian Opposition in 2014.