On September 10, Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Brigadier General Talal al-Qasim was assassinated in the southern governorate of Daraa.
According to local sources, two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at the Syrian general as he was passing on a road between the towns of Buser al Harir and Nahtah in the eastern Daraa countryside, killing him on the spot.
Brig. Gen. al-Qasim, originally from the town of Hrisun in the Tartus countryside, held a command position in the SAA’s 5th Division.
This was not the only attack on Syrian service members in Daraa. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two soldiers of the army’s elite 4th Division, Muhammad Faris Asfoura and Imad al-Din Ismail, near the town of Nahj in the western Daraa countryside in the morning.
No group has claimed responsibility for these attacks, so far. Nevertheless, ISIS remains a main suspect. The terrorist group’s cells are very active in Daraa.
The assassination of Brig. Gen. al-Qasim and the attack on the 4th Division’s soldiers highlight the state of lawlessness in Daraa. Government forces and local fighters are yet to agree on a mechanism to restate security and fight terrorism in the governorate.
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