11 Jul '18, 11am

Islamic State claims suicide attack on Syrian and Russian forces in southern Syria

The Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing west of Daraa in southern Syrian yesterday, saying 50 men from the “Crusader Russian Forces” and “the Apostate Nusayri Army” (a derogatory reference to Bashar al Assad’s soldiers) were killed or wounded in the explosion. The so-called caliphate identified the “martyrdom-seeking” jihadist as “brother Abu al-Zubayr al-Ansari” and added an interesting note. Al-Ansari was dispatched by a new Islamic State “province,” Wilayah Hawran, which was apparently established to operate in southwestern Syria, near the Jordanian border. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s organization has long operated in the area, but usually through a group known as Jaysh Khalid bin al-Walid. So the introduction of the brand name “Wilayah Hawran” in Daraa is a new development. The Islamic State takes a swipe at the anti-Assad rebel groups that recently quit the fight in Da...

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