On May 26, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group Shabab al-Sunnah targeted a gathering of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers around the National Hospital in the southern part of the city of Daraa with a recoilless rifle. Several SAA soldiers were reportedly killed and injured in the attack.
Shabab al-Sunnah shelled several positions of the SAA in the western al-Suwayda countryside on May 25. Back then, the US-backed group claimed that it was responding to the SAA shelling on the key city of Busra al-Harir in the eastern Daraa countryside.
Local observers believe that the US gave its proxies in southern Syria orders to launch limited attacks against the SAA in what appears to be an attempt to deter the Damascus government and its allies that are planning to launch a large scale military operation in the southern governorate of Daraa soon.
Additionally, the US warned the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from launching a military operation in southern Syria and threatened that it will take “firm and appropriate measures” in response to any attack there.
The US threats will likely encourage the FSA to launch larger attacks against the SAA in southern Syria as these groups now believe that the US will provide them with a direct protection.