Just two weeks ago a jihadist militia with allegedly close ties to ISIS broke out of its isolated home base in the remote foothills of the Golan Heights, seizing two major towns —Syrian rebels are now scrambling to react.
In this excerpt from 'The Battle for Syria's South,' VICE News follows a group of volunteers tackling fires and rescuing civilians trapped in rubble, as barrel bombs and grad rockets rain down daily on neighborhoods.
"It is in our calculations that the battle will now extend for more years than it would have without the Russians," said Abu Yousef al-Mouhajer, a rebel fighting in the Latakia area of Syria.
In this extra scene from 'The Battle for Syria's South,' VICE News meets the commander of the Jisr al-Haran brigade and his men, where their mission is to attack all regime convoys and cut off the supply line to Daraa.
VICE News gained exclusive access to Syria's Southern Front, the largest force in the Free Syrian Army. The rebels are struggling and want the West to provide air support — but that looks highly unlikely.
In part two of a two-part series, VICE News follows Abu Hadi and his brigade as they plan an assault on a vital regime position, which takes an unexpected turn.
In part one of a two-part series, Abu Hadi shows VICE News how his men take the fight to the regime on the front lines east of Daraa, and we meet the volunteers trying to save locals from the barrel bombs that rain down daily on the city.