BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – Earlier today, Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels of the Umliyat Al-Saff Al-Wahid operations room launched an offensive against the ISIS-linked Saifullah al-Maslul militant group in southwestern Daraa.
This is at least the third time this year that the FSA has launched an offensive against the ISIS bastion in southern Daraa Governonate. The previous two attempts failed miserably with high losses in manpower for FSA forces.
The video below shows FSA rebels employing a wide range of heavy firepower against ISIS, trying to soften up the terrorist group’s forward belt of defences.
FSA forces can be seen using a Toyota pickup outfitted with a 23 mm ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun, medium mortars (likely 81 mm calibre), a D-30 artillery gun (being employed in the direct-fire role) and a T-72 tank.
Recently, ISIS launched an offensive of its own against the FSA in an attempt to seize more territory from rebel forces in Daraa, striking at the town of Hait. However, this ended in catastrophe for the terrorist group with it loosing around three dozen fighters killed in battle and several armoured vehicles destroyed and captured.
Whilst both sides have been able to repel each other’s attacks over the last several months, neither has been able to decisively advance against the other.
Now it appears that the FSA, taking advantage of a major ceasefire agreement reached with pro-government forces two days ago, will attempt to throw as much offensive might as it can possibly muster into fighting the Saifullah al-Maslul ISIS franchise.
The command of the Umliyat Al-Saff Al-Wahid operations room has stated that the objective of rebel forces will be to expel ISIS from the Yarmouk Basin.