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Senior Commanders In Russian-Backed 5th Corps Survived Assassination Attempt In Daraa

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Late on September 17, two senior commanders of the Russian-backed “8th Brigade,” a unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Corps dedicated for former rebels, survived an assassination attempt in Daraa.

An improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle carrying the two commanders, “Ali Ahmed al-Sabah al-Miqdad” and “Qassem al-Sabah al-Miqdad,” near Busra Citadel in the eastern Daraa countryside. The two commanders survived the attack. However, they were both wounded.

According to the Horan Free League, Ali is the Deputy-Commander of the 8th Brigade while Qassem, his cousin, is the Financial Director of the unit.

Senior Commanders In Russian-Backed 5th Corps Survived Assassination Attempt In Daraa

Ali Ahmed al-Sabah al-Miqdad and Qassem al-Sabah al-Miqdad, Source: horanfree.com

The assassination attempt took place a few hours after a meeting between Ali, Qassem and a senior Russian officer in Busra Citadel. Issues related to the reconciliation process were reportedly discussed.

The 8th Brigade was established after the 2018 Daraa reconciliation agreement. The unit, which is reportedly receiving support from Russia, engaged in several operations against ISIS under the command of the SAA.

This was not the first attack on the 8th Brigade in Daraa. Last June, a large explosion targeted a bus carrying personnel of the unit. Dozens were killed or injured.

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