At least 17 terrorists of ISIS were killed in the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa in November, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report released on December 3.
According to the London-based monitoring group, some of the casualties were low or high-ranking commanders of the terrorist group.
Most of the terrorists were killed during a security operation that targeted their hideouts in the southern part of Daraa city, commonly known as Daraa al-Balad. The operation was carried out by former rebels and Syrian government forces. It ended in mid-November.
Recent security operations in Daraa revealed that ISIS presence in the governorate is way larger than what was thought before.
In a surprise audio message that was released on November 30, ISIS acknowledged that its top leader Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was killed in Daraa. It later became known that Abu al-Hasan was killed in the town of Jasim in the western Daraa countryside in a security operation that was also carried out by former rebels and government forces with support from Russia.
While the recent security operations inflicted some heavy losses on ISIS cells in Daraa, the terrorist group’s presence there is still not over.
The growing coordination and cooperation between former rebels in Daraa and government forces is without a doubt behind the recent successful crackdown on ISIS cells in the governorate. The Russian military grouping in Syria has been working for a long while to unify the efforts of all sides in Daraa against the terrorist group.
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