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Notorious Militant Leader Assasinated In Syria’s Daraa

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On December 13, Maher al-Masri, a commander of the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group Jaysh al-Thuwra, was killed by an IED that targeted his car in the district of al-Sad in the southern city of Daraa, according to Syrian oppositions sources.

According to several pro-oppositions news outlets, al-Masri was one of the commanders who led the joint offensive of the FSA and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Daraa in June. During the offensive, the FSA and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham captured most of al-Minishiyah district in the southern part of the city.

Al-Masri was not the only commander of Jaysh al-Thuwra assassinated after the Daraa offensive. On October 26, Nassar al-Zu’bi, another commander of Jaysh al-Thuwra, was assassinated by unknown gunmen in the town of al-Yadudah in the northwestern Daraa countryside.

Many oppositions activists believe that the Syrian intelligence assassinated al-Masri and dozens of other FSA commanders in southern Syria during the last two years. However, others believe that the US-led Military Operation Center (MOC) in Jordan is targeting the radical Islamist elements within the FSA groups. This move is allegedly aimed at keeping these groups under its full control.

Notorious Militant Leader Assasinated In Syria's Daraa

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