On September 13, Bridger General Qais Hassan Abdul-Rajab of Syria’s General Intelligence Directorate (GID) survived an assassination attempt in Daraa.
An improvised explosive device ripped through the general’s car on a road between the towns of Inkhil and Jasim in the northern countryside of the governorate. The general survived the attack. However, he sustained light wounds.
Brig. Gen. Abdul-Rajab, originally from Deir Ezzor, is one of the GID’s top commanders in Daraa and the rest of southern Syria.
A few years ago, the general was the head of the GID’s “Branch 295”, which is responsible for a vast part of Damascus countryside. In 2018, he had reportedly played a key role in the talks leading to the reconciliation agreement in Daraa.
Currently, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Rajab is responsible for several intelligence posts and at least ten checkpoints of the GID in northern and western Daraa, according to local forces.
This was the second attack to target a senior officer in Daraa this week. On September 10, Brig. Gen. Talal al-Qasim of the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Division was assassinated in eastern Daraa. The recent attacks highlight the lack of security in the governorate.
No group has claimed responsibility for any of the two attacks, so far. ISIS and local radicals in Daraa remain the main suspects.
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