DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – A new round of skirmishes sparked off in the western Daraa countryside on Monday as several Islamist rebel factions fought it out with Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid, an insurgent group loyal to the Islamic State.
Led by Ahrar Al-Sham, Hayyat Tahrir Al-Sham (jihadist coalition) and Southern Front factions (Free Syrian Army groups), rebel forces targeted the ISIS-held village of Jallayn which Islamic State militants overran on February 20.
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Despite casualties on both sides, no substantial advances were achieved while the overall frontline situation had been deadlocked following the initial ISIS offensive last month.
An estimated 400 rebel fighters have been killed in the past four weeks following firefights with government forces in the provincial capital and ISIS in western Daraa.