On April 22, a service member of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) was assassinated in the eastern Daraa countryside.
According to local sources, Humam Mahmoud al-Rifai was shot and killed in his own house in the town of Oumm Oualad. The incident took place in the early morning.
Al-Rifai was reportedly a fighter in the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Once the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) approached his town in mid-2018, he joined the reconciliation process. Later, he enlisted in the ranks of the MID.
There was no immediate claim for the attack. Nevertheless, ISIS, whose cells are highly active in the eastern Daraa countryside, remains the main suspect.
Last week, ISIS cells carried out a series of attacks on Syrian service members in the northern and eastern Daraa countryside. Many service members, including two high-ranking officers, were killed.
The army and security forces are now deploying additional units in northern and eastern Daraa. A large-scale anti-terrorism operation could be launched in the area soon.