The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their former ally from the “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) are at again; this time, the two radical Islamist groups are clashing inside the Dara’a Governorate, where they seek to usurp one another in favor of their organization ruling over this desolate territory in southern Syria.
On Tuesday morning, the ISIS offshoot “Liwaa Shahada Al-Yarmouk” (Martyrs of Yarmouk Brigade) attacked a Jabhat Al-Nusra camp at the town of Siham Al-Joulan, killing a number of enemy combatants and destroying the Al-Qaeda group’s encampment after a series of fierce firefights.
In related news, the leader of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) affiliated militia “Jabhat Tahrir Souriya” (Liberation of Syria Front) has recently defected to Liwaa Shahada Al-Yarmouk (ISIS offshoot) in the Dara’a countryside.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, ISIS decided to expand their territorial control near the Syrian capital of Damascus, attacking the Islamist rebel group “Jaysh Al-Islam” at the Al-Qadam District after they spent the last five months in the southern quarter of the predominately Palestinian district of Yarmouk Camp.
According to military sources in Damascus, ISIS attacked a Jaysh Al-Islam installment in southern Al-Qadam, where they were initially repelled by the aforementioned Islamist group; however, the terrorist group finally broke-through the Jaysh Al-Islam frontlines on Sunday.
The Syrian Armed Forces in northern Al-Qadam have assisted the reconciled rebels in this district by treating their wounded at the nearby field hospitals inside Damascus.