Three terrorist groups in Syria joined forces and swore allegiance to ISIS, forming the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, which is establishing its presence along the Syrian-Israeli border. Just yesterday, four terrorists from the organization fired at IDF soldiers.
The incident along the Syrian-Israeli border yesterday (Sunday) serves as a reminder of the increased ISIS threat Israel is facing from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. The terror cell that fired at an IDF patrol unit yesterday was part of the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, a terrorist organization that was formed when three rebel groups merged in May 2016 and swore allegiance to ISIS.
The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade
This Salafi group was established in 2012 and was responsible for the kidnapping of the 21 Filipino UN soldiers in March 2013. In 2015, the group swore allegiance to ISIS. Most of the group’s activities take place in Jamla, a Syrian village in the southern Golan Heights. It is believed that the group has about 1,000 members.
Archive Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The Army of Jihad
The Army of Jihad was formed in 2015 when 7 small independent factions that defected from al-Nusra Front joined forces. Most of the group’s activities take place in the Quneitra Governorate near the Israeli-Jordanian-Syrian border. The group has about 400 members.
The Islamic Muthanna Movement
This group was established in 2012. In 2015, the group pledged allegiance to ISIS. The Islamic Muthanna Movement is mainly active in the Daraa Governorate and has about 600 members.
The area the IDF attacked this morning Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
As reported by JOL earlier today, the IDF attacked a compound belonging to the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in response to yesterday’s incident.