(Reuters) Islamic State launched a bomb and gun attack on a Western-backed Syrian rebel camp near the Jordanian border on Wednesday, according to the rebels who said they had killed at least 30 of the attackers and suffered at least three casualties themselves.

A suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the camp belonging to the Forces of Martyrs Ahmad al-Abdo rebel group in a sparsely populated desert area near where the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq meet, the rebels’ spokesman, Saeed Saif, said. They then attacked several rebel outposts.

“We repelled the attack by Daesh (Islamic State) on several areas and they failed to make any progress and have retreated,” Saif told Reuters.

The Force of Martyrs Ahmed al-Abdo was one of the earliest Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups to get U.S.-made anti-tank missiles and is one of the groups aligned on the so-called Southern Front that a coalition of Western and Arab countries support.

That backing is part of a strategy of preventing opposition-held southern Syria and the south-eastern desert area falling into the hands of radical jihadist groups.

The group’s leader, Saleem Bakour, was killed in June by a suspected Islamic State militant.

Islamic State claimed a suicide bomb attack launched from the same area in June when a car crossed into Jordan and killed seven Jordanian border guards.

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Vincenzo Mannello
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Vincenzo Mannello

It must understand how the Islamic state is still able to launch massive offensive . If it is under attack around the world , where they come from the modern weapons and reinforcements of men ? I am sure that it is the US and its Islamic servants …

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lol no, its simply the black market and we found these illegal traits all over the turkish border, with russian, chinese, european and american weapons, but mainly russian over the black sea imported from the warzone of east-ucrain. who should stop these “militias” in east-ucrain to sell their russian weapons for some money for their “republic” but nooo noo america can ignore their actual modern anti-corruption and anti-illegal weapons-laws in an actual free press + anti-us press in russia. we hear for hours about western rockets in rebel forces, used against saa, but rebels use wa ymore russian guild rocket… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Well, they’re under attack in VERY low intensity mood… Let’s be clear : if the same effort France did to cleanse Mali was made, Da’ish wouldn’t last for 2 months (the prestigious Foreign Legion and the RIMA -marines- went in : boots were sent! Even being french, I’d s**t in my pants if I knew the Legion was coming to liberate my area, LOL). If the means that were used during 1st Gulf war were taken, Well, just consider 2000 to 4000 airstrikes a day compared to about 1500/1700 in the 1st year of USAF vs. Da’ish… I don’t think… Read more »