Amid reports about a nearing security operation in Daraa, two new attacks targeted Syrian service members in the southern governorate on May 14.
In the first attack, unidentified gunmen killed two service members of the Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) as they were heading to their checkpoint on Saida-al-Taebah road in the eastern countryside of Daraa. Pro-government sources identified the victims as Mohamad Rihan and Mohamad Hood.
Syrian Arab Army (SAA) service member Ayham Mohamad Ali al-Omar al-Fadel and his 14 years old civilian brother, Ali, were killed in the second attack. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed the two brothers on a road linking the towns of al-Musayfrah and Eastern Ghariyah, also in the eastern Daraa countryside.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, so far. Nevertheless, cells of ISIS are known to be active in eastern Daraa.
In order to put an end to these attacks, the SAA and security forces are preparing to launch a large security operation in Daraa countryside.
Over the last two weeks, the army has amassed a large strike force in Daraa. The operation will likely begin in the upcoming few days. According to the available information, the first phase will target the towns of Tafas and Muzayrib in the northern countryside.