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Former U.S.-Backed Rebel Who Rejected Reconciliation Assassinated In Syria’s Daraa

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On August 1, a former fighter of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was assassinated in the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa.

The fighter, Ibrahim Saleh al-Falouji, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen while he was visiting the martyrs’ cemetery near Daraa city in the early morning. The gunmen managed to escape.

Former U.S.-Backed Rebel Who Rejected Reconciliation Assassinated In Syria's Daraa

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Al-Falouji reportedly fought in the ranks of the FSA’s al-Islam Dawn Division. The group was one of many supported by the U.S. Military Operation Center, MOC, in Jordan. Advanced weapons, including TOW anti-tank guided missiles, were supplied to the group.

According to local sources, al-Falouji refused to join the reconciliation process in Daraa in 2018. He also refused exile, thus he stayed illegally in Daraa. The few fighters who refused to reconcile or leave Daraa are either radicals or wanted for major offenses.

ISIS cells in Daraa may be behind the assassination of al-Falouji. The Syrian intelligence or local factions could be also responsible.

Many soldiers and local fighters were assassinated in Daraa in the last few months. A state of lawlessness is prevailing over Daraa as a result of poor coordination between government forces and local factions.

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