Brigadier General Talal al-Ali, a senior officer of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate (MID), has survived an assassination attempt in the southern governorate of al-Quneitra.
The officer’s convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device as it was passing on a road between the villages of Um Aledam and Rasm Shubat in the afternoon of March 6.
Brig. Gen. al-Ali is the director of the MID’s Branch 220, also known as the Frontline Branch. The branch is responsible for intelligence operations and security in al-Quneitra, southern Damascus and western Daraa.
According to local sources, Brig. Gen. al-Ali was returning to the Branch 220 headquarters in the town of Sasa in southern Damascus when his convoy came under attack. Al-Ali was reportedly on a tour in the al-Quneitra countryside to resolve a number of security issues.
The Syrian Arab News Agency didn’t release any information on the incident. The state-run agency usually reports on major security incidents.
The situation in the al-Quneitra and Daraa have been unstable for around two years. However, the attack on Brig. Gen. al-Ali is unprecedented. The assassination attempt represents a major escalation.
The perpetrators of the attack may have be members of some terrorist organization that seeks to destabilize the region, like ISIS, or agents of a foreign intelligence agency, like the Israeli Mossad.
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