On July 29, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) advanced towards the town of al-Shajarah, one of the last strongholds of the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in the western Daraa countryside.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the SAA captured several positions and farms around the key town. During its advance, the SAA destroyed several vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) and killed several suicide bombers of ISIS.
Furthermore, the SAA managed to kill “Abu al-Walid al-Masri” the top commander of the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in al-Shajarah.
According to the SANA, the SAA found Israeli-made canned food, US-supplied anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) and equipment of the western-backed “White Helmets” while securing several positions around al-Sharjah.
The SAA will likely impose its control of al-Shajarah in the upcoming hours as the remaining fighters of the ISIS-affiliated group are already withdrawing towards the town of al-Kuwayyah on the border with Jordan, according to a source in the 4th Division.