The US-backed Revolutionary Commando Army captured five ISIS fighters during recent clashes with the terrorist group in the outskirt of the 55km de-escalation zone in southeastern Syria, the SMART News Agency reported on March 7.
“Five members of the Islamic State [ISIS] attempted to infiltrate the zone, they fell in an ambush that we set after receiving credible information, we clashed with them … Two of the army’s fighters were injured and the terrorists were captured,” Ahmad al-Khudr, head of the Revolutionary Commando Army media office, told SMART.
Hours after the incident, opposition activists revealed that Col. Muhanad Tala, leader of the Revolutionary Commando Army, was also injured. According to the activists, ISIS fighters manged to hit Tala’s vehicle with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) during the clashes around the U.S. base in al-Tanaf.
Hundreds members of the Revolutionary Commando Army are deployed in the al-Tanaf base, which is located near Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan. The US-led coalition is training, arming and advising the group supposedly to counter the ISIS threat.
The Revolutionary Commando Army clashed with ISIS on a very few occasions since its establishment in 2015. Several pro-government sources claim that the group’s main activity is arms and drugs trafficking.