Israel pulls support from rebels fighting in S. Syria. US steps in
The US has gone back to arming and funding the Syrian rebel militias fighting in the Syrian-Israeli-Jordanian border region, who this week launched a new offensive against the ISIS-affiliated Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade and Al Muthanna militia around Ain Zakr, 5km north of the Israeli border. This is reported by DEBKAfile’s military sources. While Damascus accused the Americans of extending air cover to these rebel groups, our sources identified Jordanian planes or helicopters in the area. Israel has withdrawn its assistance after obtaining a guarantee that Russia too would abstain from military intervention in the southern Syrian arena at the last Putin-Netanyahu meeting in Moscow on June 7.