Body of Colonel who Defected from Assad Forces Found North of Daraa

Aged in his sixties, he was fatally shot and subjected to mutilation with sharp objects, accorfding to Ahrar Houran.

On Friday, residents discovered a body abandoned on the road connecting the city ofNawa and the town of al-Dali in the western countryside of Daraa.

The deceased has been identified as Colonel Hamad Muhammad al-Sawi, a defector hailing from the village of Abu Kharj near the town of Nafaa in western Daraa. Aged in his sixties, he was fatally shot and subjected to mutilation with sharp objects.

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Sawi, a former colonel who defected from the regime forces in 2012, had aligned himself with the Free Syrian Army factions until the Syrian regime regained control of the governorate through a settlement agreement brokered with Russian assurances in July 2018.

Reports indicate that al-Sawi was abducted three days prior from the residence of Ahmed al-Subaihi in the village of Jamal, situated west of Daraa before his body was discovered on Friday.

Sawi maintained ties with the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and had collaborated with Subaihi in recruiting cells for the organization over several months in the western countryside of Daraa


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