Islamic State-Affiliated Groups Gain More Ground Near Israel-Syria Border

Islamic Jihad militants rest during the funeral of Haytham Arafat, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, March 27, 2010. Israel withdrew its troops from the Gaza Strip Saturday after some of the fiercest gunbattles with Palestinian militants in the Hamas-run territory since last year's military offensive. Israeli troops used …
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Ynetnews reports: ISIS-affiliated groups opened a major offensive in the tri-nation border of Israel, Syria and Jordan, attacking various rebel factions and have managed to take control of four villages—Adwan, Saham al-Jawlan, Jalin and Tasil—in addition to the strategic southwestern suburb of Daraa, which is the capital of Hauran.

Areas change hands somewhat frequently, but a rapid victory on this scale has not been seen in some time. This could be one of the reasons why the Golan-area “Khaled ibn Al-Walid Army” has been getting a lot of screen time on ISIS media outlets.

Images of fighters along with looted villages and graphic images of dead rebels—including those belonging to Islamist factions—have been published and documented.

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