Daraa’s former rebels have sent reinforcements to Syria’s central region to support the Syrian Arab Army ongoing operations against ISIS.
On April 23, a large convoy of the 8th Brigade, a unit of the army’s 5th Corps that is dedicated for former rebels in Daraa, arrived in the outskirts of the town of al-Sukhnah in eastern Homs. The convoy consisted of more than 70 military vehicles and carried 300 fighters.
According to the Horan Free League, 8th Brigade fighters established positions in al-Sukhnah and supported the ongoing operations against ISIS alongside other Russian-backed forces.
“The [8th Brigade] convoy was sent to fight alongside other Russian-backed brigades in the [central] Syrian desert,” a source told the local news blog.
Another batch of 8th Brigade fighters was reportedly sent from Daraa to central Syria on April 27. The batch was deployed in eastern al-Suwayda, in posts located between Deir Ezzor and Palmyra in eastern Homs.
The reinforcements are being led by Col. Naseem Abu Urwa, who defected from the army in the early years of the war only to join the reconciliation process in mid-2018.
Daraa’s former rebels joined the fight against ISIS in central Syria in February. The step helped unify forces against the terrorist group in the war-torn country.
8th Brigade fighters defeated ISIS in previous battles. In mid-2018, after joining the reconciliation process, the former rebels neutralized the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in wester Daraa. Later in the same year, they helped drive ISIS cells out from northern al-Suwayda.
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