While clashes continue to rage through the provincial capital of Daraa, an important commander of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Al-‘Ashair Division was assassinated by unknown assailants in the countryside of the southern province.
Major Talal Al-Khalaf was traveling in northeastern Daraa on the road between the villages of Jadal and Shaiyaha villages when his vehicle was suddenly blown apart by a roadside bomb.
Three of his bodyguards also died in the incident. In a statement released online, the FSA group said it could not identify which faction was responsible for his untimely death.
Talal Al-Khalaf was otherwise scheduled to attend the February 23 Syria peace talks in Astana on behalf of the Syrian Opposition.