[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]ISIS recently released data on its activity in the Hauran district over the past four months. ISIS’s Hauran Province operates in southern Syria in the Syrian Golan Heights, adjacent to the Israeli border.
The publication included numerical details of the types of operations, details of the prominent attacks and the number of people killed and their affiliation.
According to ISIS, the soldiers of the “Caliphate in Hauran” (this is how ISIS fighters in southern Syria are called), over the past four months conducted 26 attacks, including the setting of 11 explosive devices, 7 assassinations and 6 assaults on Syrian military forces.
According to the publication, these attacks resulted in over 51 people killed and wounded, including eight Syrian army officers and commanders and four Russian soldiers and the destruction of 10 vehicles:
Soldiers of the Caliphate destroyed Russian and “Natsiri” (ISIS Nickname for Syrian army soldiers, [Hamad bin “Natsir” was originally a Persian from the ancestors of the Alawi community, the ruling sect of the Syrian regime]) army vehicles, by detonating two explosive devices on the Inkhil-Jasim road in the Daraa district. As a result all the vehicles were destroyed and all “the crusaders and returnees from Islam” (derogatory term for non-Muslims) within the vehicles -including officers – were killed or injured.
Soldiers of the Caliphate attacked the “Natsiri” Al-Alan checkpoint near the town of Al Shajarah in the Daraa district. Five Syrian soldiers were killed in the firefight, their weapons and ammunition looted.
Caliphate soldiers ambushed and shot two Russian “Crusader” soldiers riding a motorcycle near the city of Nawa. As a result, they were killed and their weapons plundered.
Soldiers of the Caliphate attacked Brigadier General Mahi Al-Din Jedan, a commanding officer in the “Natsiri” army, on the Azra-Al-Awsidaa road with machine-gun fire. The attack resulted in his death and the death of one of his security guards.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3935″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we mentioned in our previous two articles; the first article regarding the assassination of Al-Baghdadi and the second article regarding ISIS’s “revenge campaign” following the assassination, ISIS has immense motivation in proving its continued survival and maintaining its prestige.
Two ISIS districts physically threaten Israel’s borders; the Sinai district on the Egyptian border in the south and the Hauran province on the Syrian border in the northern Golan Heights.
Currently, these two districts are engaged in internal fighting and self-survival in their territory and therefore are not yet pointing their weapons at Israel.
ISIS’s success in general and its success in the internal warfare in the Hauran district in particular, will strengthen its standing in the eyes of its supporters and retain its fighters’ motivation. In our estimation, in light of such potential success, ISIS’s sense of security and capability will increase to a degree that might lead, in the future, for it to decide to aim its weapons towards Israel.
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