Several groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Daraa governorate are preparing to launch a large-scale military operation against the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in the western Daraa countryside, the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi reported on May 16.
An unnamed source in the FSA told the news outlet that “a large number” of FSA fighters will participate in the upcoming military operation that’s aimed at eliminating the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army. However, the source didn’t clarify if the operation is expected to be backed by the US-led coalition or Israel.
In December of 2017, Syrian opposition sources reported that Israel will support a military operation of the FSA against the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army. On February 1, the operation was indeed launched and the Israeli Army hit several positions of ISIS in support of the FSA.
However, the FSA attack ended within a few hours and no real ground attack was launched. Back then, Syrian pro-government activists suggested that the attack had been nothing more than “a scheme” of the FSA to receive money and weapons from Israel.
During the months following the FSA failed attack, the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army launched more than three hit and run attacks on the FSA positions in the western Daraa countryside. According to opposition sources, more than 100 fighters and commanders of the FSA were killed in these attacks.
Local observers doubt that the FSA is willing to fight the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, especially that many Syrian opposition activists have revealed before that some FSA commanders are trafficking weapons, fuel and medical supplies to the supposedly besieged terrorist group.