BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – The brother of a former Syrian Prime Minister has been assassinated in the western countryside of the Daraa Governorate this week, a source told Al-Masdar News this morning.

According to the source, a group of unknown assailants opened fire on Qusai Al-Halaqi in his hometown of Jassim, killing him instantly.

Qusai, who is the brother of former Syrian Prime Minister Wa’el Al-Halaqi, was reportedly visiting Jassim on Wednesday, when he came under attack by these unknown assailants.

The source said the Syrian security forces suspect the unknown assailants were likely members of a Free Syrian Army (FSA) sleeper cell that is operating in the western countryside of the Daraa Governorate.

Since the start of 2019, sleeper cells belonging to the Free Syrian Army, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) have been wreaking havoc on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and government officials inside the Daraa Governorate.

These attacks have prompted the Syrian Army to threaten to launch a new operation to enter the reconciled towns and villages in Daraa and eliminate these sleeper cells.

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