BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – Syrian rebels have managed to turn back a threatening offensive launched by Islamic State affiliate militia Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid in southwest Daraa on Wednesday night.
Sources report that Free Syrian Army fighters have recaptured all lost towns and points taken by ISIS in the last 12 hours including Sheikh as-Saeed. Despite the operational success, many rebel ranks endured a hefty blow.
Opposition sources say that 21 Free Syrian Army fighters, among them a field commander, were killed during the battle; at least another twenty rebels have reportedly been wounded.
The offensive launched by Islamic State loyalists in the area had been spearheaded with a car bomb attack, after which jihadist storming infantry, backed up by heavy artillery, hurled themselves at rebel lines via several assault waves.
2018 has so far proven to be one of the most bloodiest years for rebels versus ISIS clashes in southwest Daraa.