On December 21 and 22, five separate attacks targeted a number of Syrian service members and pro-government civilians in the southern governorate of Daraa.
Local sources reported the attacks as the following:
- In the noon of December 21, unidentified gunmen shot and killed a warrant officer of the Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) and a member of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division in the town of Sahem al-Golan in western Daraa;
- In the afternoon of December 21, unidentified gunmen shot and killed two officers of the Air Force Intelligence Directorate in the town of Dael in northern Daraa;
- In the morning of December 22, unidentified gunmen shot and killed a member of the SAA 4th Division in front of his house in the town of al-Yadudah in western Daraa;
- Late on December 22, an improvised explosive device struck the car of a local state employee named Ismail Musa al-Falah in the town of al-Sanamayn in northern Daraa. Al-falah died as a result of the attack;
- Late on December 22, two officers of the MID and the General Intelligence Directorate were shot and killed, along with a local civilian, by unknown gunmen in the town of al-Ajraf in the countryside of al-Quneitra.
The nature of the targets and the tactics used by the assailants suggest that the attacks were all carried out by the same perpetrators.
ISIS cells are known to be active in the areas, where the attacks took place. Nevertheless, the terrorist group usually claims responsibility through its news agency Amaq.
These attacks highlight the state of lawlessness prevailing over southern Syria. The region has been slowly spinning out of control. The lack of coordination between government forces and local fighters is one of the main causes behind this chaos.
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