Late on May 28, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) elite 4th Division established a number of checkpoints in the northwestern Daraa countryside.
According to the Enab Baladi news outlet, the checkpoints were set in the following areas:
- Near the Irrigation Directorate;
- Near the regions’ main cow farm;
- In the town of Nahj.
The step came in response to an ambush that targeted members of Daraa’s reconciliation council. Militants, reportedly affiliated with ISIS, targeted the council’s members, killing three and injuring several others.
Former rebels serving in the ranks of the Russian-backed 5th Corps responded to the ambush by launching an attack on ISIS-linked militants in the town of Muzayrib. Several wanted individuals were allegedly apprehended.
Earlier this months, the 4the Division and other units of the SAA deployed large reinforcements, including battle tanks, in Daraa.
Pro-government sources believ ethat the SAA in cooperation with Daraa’s reconciliation council could launch a large-scale security operation against the remaining radicals in Muzayrib and the nearby town of Tafas in the near future..