Early on April 18, ISIS members in the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa assassinated two high-ranking officers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The terrorist group said in a statement released by the Amaq news agency that its members had ambushed and killed Brig. Gen. Hamed Makhlouf and Col. Mahmoud Habib, near the town of al-Hrak in eastern Daraa.
“This morning, the Islamic State’s fighters targeted a vehicle carrying two Syrian army officers with machine guns near al-Hrak in the eastern Daraa countryside, which damaged the car and killed the two officers who were aboard it,” the statement reads.
Brig. Gen. Hamed Makhlouf was Chief of Staff of the army’s 52nd Brigade, while Col. Mahmoud Habib was the brigade’s Regulatory Officer.
A day earlier, two militants assassinated a lieutenant of the SAA in the town of Khirbet Qeis in Daraa’s countryside. The Syrian intelligence immediately eliminated the assailants.
Prior to that, ISIS claimed responsibility for two attacks on military vehicles in Daraa. At least two soldiers were killed in the attacks.
ISIS is intensifying its attacks in southern Syria as government forces’ attention is drawn to several other fronts in the northwestern and central parts of the country.