BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – Yesterday the rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched an offensive against the ISIS-linked Saifullah al-Maslul militant group in southwestern Daraa Governorate.
The offensive, launched by the FSA’s Southern Front grouping, targeted ISIS positions in the Yarmouk Basin area – a place where the rebels have attempted to advance before.
Footage captured by the SMAART news agency (below) shows the FSA employing battle tanks, Toyota pickups armed with 23-mm auto-cannons and 81-mm medium mortars during the opening phase of the offensive.
In the event, the offensive lasted about four hours and resulted in rather high losses among FSA ranks with ISIS successful repelling all attempts by Southern Front forces to break through its lines.
Some pro-rebel sources report that firefights continue in the area of Jalin (a town in the Yarmouk Basin that is currently under ISIS occupation).