On December 27, ISIS’ official newspaper, al-Nab’a, released an infographic summarizing the operations carried out by the terrorist group’s cells in the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa during the last few months.
According to the infographic, ISIS operatives conducted 26 operations in Daraa in the last four months. The operations included, 11 IED [improvised-explosive device] attacks, 7 assassinations and 6 raids.
The group claims that 51 people, including 8 Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officers, local commanders and 4 Russian service members, were killed in these operations.
Last week, ISIS claimed that its cells killed two Russian soldiers in western Daraa. These claims were rejected by local sources and ignored by the Ministry of Defense of Russia. Prior to that, the group targeted a Russian patrol in eastern Daraa with an IED. However, the attack was a complete failure.
Despite all the exaggerations by ISIS, there is no secret that the terrorist group has intensified its activities in southern Syria. The group is attempting to reignite the conflict in the south, likely to exploit the SAA’s anti-terrorist efforts in the central and northwestern regions.