A former Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander has been reportedly assassinated by unidentified gunmen in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.
The commander, Ibrahim al-Masalmah, was shot dead on July 27 by the gunmen in the southern part of the city, known as Daraa al-Balad. Al-Masalmah’s friend Hussein Allullah, who was also a former rebel, was killed in the attack as well.
Al-Masalmah, known by his nom de guerre of “Abu Hussein al-Yarmuk”, was a senior commander in the al-Buniyan al-Marsus operations room. The operations room was founded in 2016 with the support from the U.S.-led Military Operation Center in Jordan.
The al-Buniyan al-Marsus operations room carried out a series of large-scale operations against the SAA and its allies between 2016 and 2018. The most significant operation was the offensive to capture Daraa city in 2017. Al-Masalamah was reportedly one of the main commanders of this offensive.
In mid-2018, al-Masalamah joined the reconciliation process in Daraa. He reportedly returned to civilian life and didn’t enlist in any pro-government formation.
Some opposition activists blamed the Syrian intelligence for the assassination of al-Masalmah. However, there is no evidence indicating the truth of such claims. The commander may have been assassinated by ISIS cells, which are present in Daraa. The al-Buniyan al-Marsus operations room was engaged in a serious conflict with the terrorist group.