ISIS Captures Six New Villages From Opposition Forces In Southern Syria (Map)

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On July 21, fighters of the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army captured the villages of Sayda, al-Hanout, Ghadir al-Bustan, Ayn al-Qadi, Umm al-Luqas and al-Hyran in the western Daraa countryside and the governorate of al-Quneitra, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.

The Khalid ibn al-Walid Army captured twelve villages in the same area on July 20. According to Syrian opposition activists, the terrorist group entered these villages after the withdrawal of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

ISIS Captures Six New Villages From Opposition Forces In Southern Syria (Map)

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Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on dozens of positions of the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in the western Daraa countryside. Furthermore, local sources said that the Syria Arab Army (SAA) artillery shelled fortifications of the ISIS-affiliated group.

According to pro-government sources, the SAA and former fighters of the FSA are currently preparing to launch a large ground attack to eliminate the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army. The attack will likely begin in the upcoming days.

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  • JamesTonter

    Hello SF!
    Big fan here from Tonbridge, Kent, ENG.
    So, I’m wondering: once Daraa and Quneitra are fully secured and Daesh is eliminated (or subdued), is Idlib the next front for SAA and its allies?
    How long would it take to start massive counter-terrorism offensive in Idlib and how far North can the SAA advance, given the threatening proximity of Turkey and its local supporters?
    Thanks for any decent comments.

    • Rob

      Wait Mr. Netanyahu let army forces of SAA, Russia, Palestine and their allies finish their job in Southern Syria then they will look towards Idlib.

      • Oscar Silva Martinez

        Damn, I would love to see all 4 stages accomplished as soon as possible but I have my doubts on stage 4. Anyway I voted up your comment.

        • Barba_Papa

          My doubts start at stage 1. The Golan heights? Never in a million years gonna happen. Only in the wet dreams of all the various Israel haters over here. A return to the status quo ante bellum for all of Syria is still the best thing we can all hope for. And that still leaves some incredibly tough nuts to crack. Because even if Turkey would let the SAA take Idlib, which I have my doubts, that still leaves Turkish occupied Northern Syria, US occupied Al Tanf and the US backed Kurdish zone.

          • Tom Tom

            actually, the invading armies will trample on Israel for a brief period before God intervenes and destroys all the secular and satanic Israelis, but saves a small remnant of messianic Christians and anyone who the Lord Jesus knows will turn to Him later on. The invading armies will all die on the mountains of Israel. It will take seven months to bury the dead and seven years to disposed of the weapons. Read Ez. 38-39.

          • Rob

            Israel are atheists having no religion. Those that have religion will be safe and those of whom religion is money and properties will be eliminated.

      • Tom Tom

        All exactly right numbers one thru three, but number 4 is:

        Read Ezekiel 38 and 39

    • jorge

      Follow the link that Merijn has post here. It answer alll your questions.

    • Bill Wilson

      The SAA should take the paths with the least resistance in Idlib since there’s plenty of militant militias up there that dislike the HTS and the Turks. I figure the SAA will move east out of NW Latakia and Hama Provinces and Eastern Idlib Province at the same time to regain control of the irrigation canals and major roads which would put the squeeze on the HTS forces in South Idlib. They’d probably withdraw to the north while the SAA and local militias they’d adsorbed into their ranks drove north. I don’t know how much of fight the HTS can put up for an extended time since they were taking over various local militias just to get their stocks of munitions. Modern shooting wars are real expensive where it’s easy to use up $10 million USD in ammo in one day during a long engagement. I doubt if Turkey will be willing to provide the HTS with supplies for a losing effort nor provide any further assistance to their TFSA once the SAA and SDF set their sights on them. The Turks will go home and leave their proxies unpaid and without hope of being resupplied. I think Damascus will be able to regain control up there within 9-18 months.

  • Merijn
  • Smaug

    Two words; power vacuum. ISIS is hoping to make a buffer zone, but I don’t see how they think their organization will stay intact.

    • Mike

      Fuck off Rosenberg.

    • Bill Wilson

      That bunch are ISIS wannabees that were never able to do much other than move into villages that were abandoned by their opponents (FSA & HTS) after being destroyed. They had a short-lived affiliation with the HTS. Think they did that to see if they screw each other out of weapons and munitions. I doubt if they much on hand to fight with if assaulted on several fronts. The militants that reconciled with Damascus turned over a piddling amount of ammo so it would be safe to assume that ISIS affiliate doesn’t have any more than they did.

    • Tom Tom

      only with U.S. help but probably not even then.

      • Smaug

        That worn out unfunny joke is worn out and was never funny, Tom.

        • Icarus Tanović

          They’ll be running to Golan. To those who supports them.

  • jorge
  • antoun

    the quneitra no full securise!!!