After capturing a handful of towns in the western Daraa countryside two days ago, Islamic State militants initiated a new round of attacks that saw opposition forces concede several sites on Wednesday afternoon.

Effectively, Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed (ISIS affiliate) was able to capture Tall Ashtara, Adwan Reservoir and the 508th Regiment military base after fierce clashes with Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham and Southern Front rebels, thus moving ever closer to the provincial capital.

According to one source, 104 rebels were killed by ISIS’ fighters in western Daraa over the past 72 hours.

Amaq Agency also posted footage showing life inside recently captured Saham al-Joulan, a town rebels falsely claimed to have retaken yesterday:

Due to today’s advances, militants loyal to Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed are less than 7 kilometers from reaching government-held positions at Sheikh Meskin.

Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed controls a pocket of territory that border Israel and Jordan. The jihadist group was formed through a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and the Army of Jihad.

These factions were formerly part of the Syrian opposition but defected as the Islamic State peaked territorially in 2014.

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FreeMan
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How the f*uck it is possible when they are totally surrounded in this small pocket and they aren’t getting any help from abroad?

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they aren’t getting any help from abroad
Before they get it, now, may be they are able to smuggle weapons.

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Nestor Arapa

ISIS no recibe ayuda como los otros mercenarios, ISIS confisca o compra a los mercenarios.

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They have gotten fresh help from their boss, Israel. They bombed the army so the ISIS – Israeli Secret Intelligence Service, can gain some grounds, and kill more..

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Siempre a sido así, ISIS lo confisca a los mercenarios islamistas financiados por otros países o compran a estos mismos mercenarios.

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Well, you have to put it into perspective: they have 1,500 men in that small pocket and a frontline to cover of only a few kilometers, while the “rebels” in that area including HTS probably have around 20,000 total, and their focus is primarily on Dara’a city especially with their new ongoing offensive. The JKW launched their attack when most of the Southern Front/HTS Alliance was focusing on the Dara’a offensive, meaning their opposition was probably in the low hundreds spread among a larger front. As for how they have sufficient ammunition to continue their offensives/defensives, I have no idea.… Read more »

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Los mercenarios agrupados por Al-qaeda lo tienen difícil, se encuentran entre la espada y pared. La ofensiva sobre Daraa le está costando caro, el ejercito Sirio tiene que expulsar lo mas pronto posible.