Ahrar a-Sham takes on pro-IS militia in Daraa

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Ahrar a-Sham captured a village in western Daraa province from an IS-affiliated militia in fighting that one spokesman with the Southern Front described to Syria Direct Tuesday as “in the interest of only the Assad regime.” “The fighting in these areas is an Islamist conflict,” said Abu al-Majed, stressing that he was expressing his personal opinion only and not that of the Southern Front. “We're watching it closely and we disapprove, as right now all rifles are supposed to be pointed towards the Assad regime.” In Monday's attack, Ahrar a-Sham, together with Jabhat a-Nusra and Liwa al-Furqan, captured the village of Sahm al-Jolan from IS-affiliated Liwa Shuhada al-Yarmouk, reported al-Jabha al-Islamiya's Twitter handle Monday. Liwa Shuhada al-Yarmouk admitted through an announcement Monday that its fighters had withdrawn from the village “to save civilian lives.”