In southern Syria, on the Jordan border, clashes are taking place between the Free Syrian Army and the “Khalid Ibn al-Walid” brigades which are associated to ISIS. These clashes mainly revolve around the strategic area of the Yarmouk basin. As a result of this, Jordan is placing its northern border on the highest level of alert. Sources in Amman suggest that the government aims to significantly bolster the security on the border as a result of the intensification of attacks by both sides and the renewed threat of ISIS gaining influence so close to the country.
The “Khalid Ibn al-Walid” brigade is a Jihadist group active in southern Syria. It was formed by a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and the Army of Jihad, all affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), on 21 May 2016. The faction controls a strip of territory southeast of the Golan Heights and are in constant conflict with forces of the Syrian rebels.
For the last two years the group, and its predecessors, have managed to slowly gain some influence in southern Syria. However, there are reports that the “Khalid Ibn al-Walid” brigade has been slowly pushed out of the area following the increased presence of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)