A series of tit-for-tat killings left more than a half dozen dead in western Daraa in the aftermath of a high-profile assassination targeting a prominent local community figure that prompted a massive public outcry across the south. The dominant former opposition bloc in western Daraa is continuing to conduct operations against ISIS-linked cells led by radical commanders in the Tafas area who are accused of conducting the assassination that took place in early February, in turn prompting a slew of retaliatory attacks against the former opposition. As tensions worsen in the area, the regime has deployed its forces in western Daraa with its commanders implying that preparations for escalation are underway. Worsening security is a major concern across south Syria, particularly in key areas along the border where attacks have targeted regime forces patrolling the international highway and Nassib crossing with Jordan.
Attached Map: Military Situation in South Syria – 3rd March 2022