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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 10:04 p.m. PST

…the north.

"While the Islamic State militant group is losing ground in Iraq and northern Syria, a close affiliate is amassing territory and power in south-west Syria, just a few kilometres from the Jordanian and Israeli borders.

In the early hours of Monday 20 February, the Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed group, thought to number about 1,000 men, surged out of its stronghold in the Yarmouk River basin and stormed into several opposition-controlled villages nearby.

Local opposition groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army umbrella responded but were unable to push the militants back.

Activists and analysts agree that the attack was designed to break a long-running siege on the Yarmouk Valley and give Jaysh Khalid a chance to stock up on supplies including aid goods, weapons and vehicles. But the operation was no smash and grab…"
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