On July 29, Lt. Sharif al-Nazzal of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) was assassinated in the town of Sahem al-Golan in the western Daraa countryside.
The lieutenant was with another intelligence officer known as “Abu Haider”, when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen. Both officers were shot dead on the spot.
Opposition sources revealed that al-Nazzal, a native of Sahem al-Golan, was close to Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iranian forces. The officer headed a detachment of the MID in the western Daraa countryside.
The sources claim that al-Nazzal has recently brought in around thirty fighters of Hezbollah to Sahem al-Golan. The step reportedly provoked the locals.
No group has claimed responsibility for the assassination of al-Nazzal, thus far. ISIS could be behind the attack, as well as Israeli intelligence. Israel resists any Iranian activity in Syria’s southern region.
Over the past few months, a series of attacks targeted service members and local fighters in Daraa. Government and local forces are yet to take serious measures to end the state of lawlessness in the governorate.