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).
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.