On April 16 and 17, three attacks targeted Syrian intelligence officers and former rebels in the southern governorate of Daraa.
- The first attack targeted Yasin Juma’a al-Aboud. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed the former rebel, known as “al-Nisr” [the Eagle], on a road linking the towns of Om Elmiathin and Elnaymah in eastern Daraa on April 16. Al-Aboud, a former fighter of the Free Syrian Army, joined the reconciliation process in 2018. Since then, he has been leading a unit of the Syrian military’s 4th Division.
- The second attack targeted two officers of the Military Intelligence Directorate. The officers, identified as Wassim Mahmood Na’im from Masyaf and Sakhr Fou’a Suliman from Jableh, were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen near the town of Nawa in western Idlib late on April 16.
- The third attack targeted former rebel Amir al-Nasar. A suicide bomber attacked the man in the town of Namar in northern Daraa early on April 17. Al-Nasar, who was wounded in the attack, joined the reconciliation in 2018 and is now working for the General Intelligence Directorate.
No group has claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, yet. The three attacks were not likely linked or carried out by the same side. ISIS remains a main suspect, especially in the suicide attack on al-Nasar in Namar.
The situation in Daraa has been spinning out of control for over a year now. Government forces and local fighters made immense effort to secure the region. Nevertheless, very little has been achieved, so far.
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