BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, the Islamic State affiliate group Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid unleashed a powerful offensive on Syrian rebel forces in southwestern Daraa province.
At first, ISIS made some considerable headway, capturing a number of towns (including Shekih as-Saeed) and villages from rival militants near the Yarmouk Basin area.
The terrorist affiliate employed heavy weapons in its assault, including main battle tanks, artillery, technicals and even up-gunned BMP infantry fighting vehicles. Elite storming troops (referred to as inghamsis) were used to spearhead the attack.
In the end, rebel forces managed to turn back the Islamic State onslaught, however, they did so at heavy cost to their own ranks with some 21 fighters being killed and another twenty wounded.
Pictures source: Islamic State media wing (Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid branch)