The Syrian Free Army groups operating in southern Syria on Wednesday launched an offensive to force the so-called Khalid Army, an offshoot of the ISIS extremist group, out of the southern provinces of Dara’a and Qauneitra.
Local activists said that the offensive is aimed at capturing the town of Adwan 24 kilometers to the north of Dara’a, the Ashtara hill, the Anti-Armor Platoon, and other nearby villages from the militants of the extremist group.
The FSA fighters began the offensive with shelling on the positions and fortifications of the Khalid Army group in the early morning hours of Wednesday. The shelling resulted in the killing and wounding of dozens of the group’s militants and the destruction of several vehicles and defenses.
Several militants of the extremist group were also killed in the explosion of a car bomb they were planning to detonate in the FSA-held areas.
The Revolution Army, the largest FSA group operating in southern Syria, on Monday announced the formation of the “Unified Rank” operations room to coordinate the offensive against ISIS’s Khalid Army. The operations room also includes the Southern Alliance Army comprising the Umari Brigade Conglomerate and all the FSA groups of the military council in the town of Nawa. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)