On the morning of June 27, unidentified gunmen assassinated a fighter of the Russian-backed 5th Corps in the eastern countryside of Daraa.
According to local sources, the victim, Aghyad Mohamad al-Maf’alani, was standing by the window in his house in the town of Nahtah when he was shot dead by an unidentified gunmen. The killer managed to escape.
Al-Maf’alani, a former rebel, joined the reconciliation process in mid-2018. Later he enlisted in the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Corps.
In the last few months, a series of attacks targeted fighters and leaders of the 5th Corps. One of the largest attacks took place on June 20. An improvised explosive device struck a bus, which transported fighters of the Russian-backed formation. Nine people were killed.
ISIS claimed responsibility for some of the attacks on 5th Corps personnel in Daraa. However, the perpetrators of many other attacks remain unknown.
Daraa’s local fighters, the SAA and security forces will have to coordinate more efficiently in order to improve security in the southern region. Russia’s assistance is important for achieving this goal.