On July 1, fighters of the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the town of Tafas have sabotaged a reconciliation agreement with the Damascus government and have pledged their allegiance to the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, according to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV.
A day earlier, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Tafas, which located in the western Daraa countryside, will join the reconciliation process. Units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Military Police were supposed to enter the town in the upcoming hours.
A source in the SAA, who is stationed in the nearby town of Da’il, told SouthFront that thousands of civilians and FSA fighters have fled Tafas after the failure of the reconciliation agreement. These civilians are currently hiding in the farms around the town as they fear the revenge of the radical militants.
In response to this dangerous development, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out more than 14 airstrikes on the positions of the radical militants in Tafas, according to Syrian opposition activists.
The SAA and its allies will likely launch a ground attack on Tafas soon in order to prevent ISIS from expanding in the western and northern Daraa countryside.