Several killed after unidentified airstrike on isis-affiliated militants in daraa

By Eray Fox

On the 17th of August, unidentified aircraft (rumored to be of the US-led coalition) forces bombed areas held by an ISIS-affiliated organisation, called Jaish Khalid ibn al-Waleed, operating in the ''Yarmouk Basin'' area in western Daraa province. The group was formed in early 2016 from three groups, the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Army of Jihad and the Islamic Muthanna Movement and fights against opposition forces in the area. 

Picture shows smoke rising from the bombed position in Shajarah

Picture shows smoke rising from the bombed position in Shajarah

Strikes were reported in the village of Sharajah. It is not the first time that the US-led coalition strikes positions held by ISIS-affiliated militants in Daraa. ISIS frequently attacks opposition forces in and around the Yarmouk Basin, aswell as carrying out various assassinations and bombing attacks in opposition-held territory. The latest suspected attack conducted by the Jaish Khalid ibn al-Waleed militants was a suicide bombing on the 11th of August. A suicide bomber detonated himself at a meeting of Jaish al-Islam members in the town of Naseeb, killing two dozens of their fighters.

Locals claim the latest airstrikes on the 17th of August killed more then 20 people, including prisoners and an emir of Jaish Khalid ibn al-Waleed army, named ''Wael Faour al-Eid'', nicknamed ''Abu Tim''. Strikes hit a Islamic police station, including a court and prison, which led to atleast 4 prisoners confirmed dead aswell as a guard. Later also a military commander named Fadi al-Faleh was confirmed killed in the strikes on the police station; most of the building has collapsed.

Locals claim they heard no jets in the area, igniting rumours that US Surface-To-Surface missiles had been used. So far, there is no confirmation who conducted these latest strikes on the ISIS-affiliate.