BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – A powerful Islamic State affiliate militia based in the southwestern Syrian province of Daraa has kicked-off a now wave of assaults against local rebel groups throughout the region, targeting a key fortress town held by opposition fighters.
On Tuesday, the ISIS-linked Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid militant group (alternatively called the Saifullah al-Maslul Army) struck the positions of Syrian rebels at the town of Hayt in southern Daraa in a ferocious assault that was backed up by heavy fire support assets.
Reportedly using tanks, howitzers and mortars to shell rebel defenses around Hayt in the opening phase of the attack, Islamic State terrorists then stormed the town with infantry forces.
However, despite ISIS hurling several waves of attacks at Hayt, Free Syrian Army-linked fighters held strong and managed to repel the terrorist group’s offensive on the town.
The town of Hayt – located right on the frontier of ISIS-held territory and rebel-held areas in Daraa – has endured over a dozen assaults against it by the Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Walid militia since the mid-2017 with rebel fighters rebuffing all attempts to date.