On July 3, ISIS-affiliated Jaysh Khaled ibn al-Wailed began conducting attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southern Syria, in what appears to be an attempt to support the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).
According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, fighters of the terrorist group shelled several positions of the SAA in the town of al-Shaykh Maskin in the western Daraa countryside. Furthermore, the news agency released a video of Jaysh Khaled ibn al-Wailed fighters massing on front lines and vowing to defeat the SAA.
These developments confirm several reports, which said that the FSA and the Jaysh Khaled ibn al-Wailed reached a ceasefire agreement in late June. Back then, the Beriut-based news outlet al-Modon reported that the agreement may allow some fighters of the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, which are besieged in the western Daraa countryside, to join the battle against the SAA.
The upcoming days will likely witness more attacks of Jaysh Khaled ibn al-Wailed, which appears to be planning to win the hearts and minds of FSA supporters in order to expand in the western Daraa countryside.
Photos of Jaysh Khaled ibn al-Wailed fighters shelling SAA positions: