According to Inside Syria Media Center’ military correspondents, 3 suicide bombers attacked Syrian pro-government militias backed by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in the province of al-Suweida. It is reported that one of the terrorists blew himself up thus killed four militiamen. Another one was liquidated. The third of them was captured alive.
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The Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) (Arabic: الحزب السوري القومي الاجتماعي), is a nationalist political party operating in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Palestine. It advocates the establishment of a Syrian nation-state spanning the Fertile Crescent, including present-day Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, Sinai, southeastern Turkey (Alexandrette and Cilicia), based on geographical boundaries and the common history people within the borders share.
With over 100,000 members, it is the second largest legal political group in Syria after the ruling Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party. In Lebanon, it has been a major secular and highly organized elite party in the political history of the country for over 80 years.
During the Civil uprising phase of the Civil War in Syria, the SSNP participated in counter-demonstrations in support of the government. Once the war broke out, the Syrian government reciprocated providing weaponry and training. In the meantime, SSNP officials had become a target for rebel militants and were kidnapped and assassinated. Bashar al-Yazigi, head of the political SSNP bureau in Syria stated that the “opposition is seeking to create sharp sectarian rifts and fragment Syrian society” with the party regarding both the ongoing Civil War in Syria and the Iraq War as attempts to partition those countries—and, eventually Lebanon—along ethno-sectarian lines.
Estimates of the number of SSNP fighters in Syria range from 6,000 to 8,000. Lebanese soldiers are included in their ranks, even though the party claims that “their proportion within the group’s total fighting force has decreased steadily, as more Syrians sign up.” By February 2014, SSNP fighters were primarily deployed in the governorates of Homs and Damascus and were said to be the most formidable military force other than the Syrian Army in al-Suweida. SSNP fighters have participated in the battles of Sadad, Ma’loula or al-Qaryatayn, among others. Party officials say its membership has increased “by the thousands” since the start of the war as a result of its alleged “reputation as an effective fighting force in Syria”.
The party is taking on a more significant role in Syria’s official political system: it fielded 30 candidates for the 2016 parliamentary election, winning 7 seats.