On August 2, an official of the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) announced that several fighters of the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army attempted to sneak into Jordan territory through the border with the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa.
According to the official, the JAF’s 10th Border Guard Battalion clashed with Khalid ibn al-Walid Army fighters in the valley of Yarmouk on the Syrian-Jordanian border. As a result of the clashes, many terrorists were killed and the rest were forced to retreat to the Syrian side of the valley.
The official added that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) chased the remaining fighters of Khalid ibn al-Walid Army fighters, which indicates that the two sides are coordinating against the terrorist group.
“The JAF stress that they are at the highest level of readiness to deal with any gangs or terrorist elements with force and will not allow anyone to cross the borders of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” the official said, according the Jordanian News Agency (Petra).
This is the first attack of the JAF against the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, despite that the ISIS-affiliated group had been operating near the Jordanian border since 2016.