Southern Front seizes Tasil from Daesh-affiliated jihadists

Rebels seized a town in southern Syria from groups loyal to Islamic State just a day after fighters captured another town from the hardline militants in a separate insurgent assault in the north, a rebel source and a monitoring group said.

The rebels had by late on Friday taken control of Tasil in Daraa province that is near the Jordanian border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the source and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

They drove out fighters from the Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigade and the Muthanna Movement, which they said were groups loyal to Islamic State.

“Our battle continues against them, until we have cleansed the area of them,” said Abu Ghiath al-Shami, a spokesman for the Alwiyat Seif al-Sham group that is part of a rebel alliance in the south. He described the latest attacks against the hardline jihadists as a “widened campaign against Daesh”.

It was the second blow dealt by insurgents fighting against Islamic State or Islamic State-linked fighters in as many days.

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