Jordan says it killed Islamic State jihadists who tried to breach Syrian border
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Jordan says it killed Islamic State jihadists who tried to breach Syrian border

Military used 'all kinds of weapons' to stop 'gang of terrorists' fleeing regime forces in southern Syria, Amman says, hours after Israel says it killed 7 IS gunmen at its border

A picture taken on July 24, 2018 from the Tal Saki hill in the Golan Heights shows smoke rising above buildings across the border in Syria during air strikes backing a Syrian-government-led offensive in the southwestern province of Daraa. (AFP/ JALAA MAREY)
A picture taken on July 24, 2018 from the Tal Saki hill in the Golan Heights shows smoke rising above buildings across the border in Syria during air strikes backing a Syrian-government-led offensive in the southwestern province of Daraa. (AFP/ JALAA MAREY)

AMMAN, Jordan — The Jordanian army on Thursday said it had killed a number of Islamic State group jihadists who tried to approach its northern border with Syria.

The incident on Tuesday came as clashes raged between Syrian regime forces and “a gang of Daesh (IS) terrorists” in the Yarm0uk Basin region of southwestern Syria, an army statement said.

It occurred as Israel said it killed seven gunmen believed linked to IS at its own border with Syria.

IS jihadists “tried to approach our border” but Jordanian troops prevented them by pounding them “with all types of weapons” and “killing a number of them,” the Jordanian army added, without specifying how many.

The operation to secure the area continued into Wednesday, the statement said.

The Jordanian army said that on the Syrian side of the border, regime forces cornered the jihadists in a pocket of southern Syria around the Yarmouk Basin and neighboring villages.

On Tuesday, Syrian media and a war monitor reported heavy clashes between regime forces and IS jihadists surrounded in a wedge of territory in southern Daraa province.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 100 jihadists from the IS-allied Army of Khaled Ben al-Walid were cornered in their last redoubt.

Syrian state television reported that army units were locked in fierce fighting in “the last pockets of the IS terrorist group.”

The Jordanian announcement came as Israel’s army said it had killed seven gunmen believed to be linked to IS in an airstrike late Wednesday.

The attackers were believed to be trying to infiltrate Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights, the Israeli army said.

The Yarmouk Basin area is near both the Jordanian border and the Israeli-held part of the Golan plateau.

On Wednesday Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a message to his troops they were close to winning the country’s seven-year-war, telling them “victory is near.”

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