On July 10, a suicide bomber from the ISIS-linked militant group Khalid ibn al-Walid targeted positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the village of Zaizoun in the western part of the province of Daraa.
According to ISIS-linked sources, about two dozens of SAA troops were killed in the incident. However, this number is clearly overestimated. Pro-government sources say that less than 10 SAA troops were killed or injured in the attack.
There is no confirmed data or photo and video evidence allowing to confirm or deny claims of the sides.
Zaizoun came under control of the SAA on July 9 after non-ISIS militants had surrendered in the area.
Khalid ibn al-Walid has increased its activity in the province of Daraa amid the ongoing SAA advance in the area. The group’s leadership clearly understands that as soon as the SAA finishes its operation to retake the city of Daraa, the SAA command will start a military operation to defeat the ISIS-linked group.
Meanwhile, reports started appearing that some members of militant groups surrendering to the SAA – their radical part – already joined Khalid ibn al-Walid to participate in the battle against pro-government forces.