On May 15, ISIS announced that its cells had assassinated an officer of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southern governorate of Daraa.
In a statement released by the so-called Amaq news agency, the group said its terrorists shot and killed the officer near the town of al-Musayfrah in the eastern Daraa countryside.
“An officer, Mansour Al-Zoubi, with the rank of captain in the Syrian army, was killed today by Islamic State fighters who shot him near the town of al-Musayfrah in the eastern countryside of Daraa,” the statement reads.
The SAA is now preparing to launch a large security operation in Daraa in order to put an end to terrorist attacks. Fresh reinforcements of the army’s elite 4th Division reportedly arrived in the governorate on May 15.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), prominent local leaders and the Russian Military Police have been meeting for the last three days to de-escalate the situation in Daraa. However, a full agreement to resolve security issues in the region is yet to be reached.
The threat of a security operation could pressure the remaining terrorists in Daraa to accepting a peaceful agreement. A similar agreement ended a security operation in the town of al-Sanamayn earlier this year.