Russian flag fluttered in Daraa, the Syrian regime won
DAMASCUS, ($1=1,257.86 Syrian Pounds) – A Russian flag is flying next to Syria’s in the Syrian city of Daraa al-Balad after Russia managed a ceasefire, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing The New Arab website. According to journalists from the Arab media covering the events in the region, the ceasefire and the ceasefire have been going on for the second day in a row.
The two flags were hoisted at the central post office in the Syrian city of Daraa al-Balad, according to the local media organization Houran Free League. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in recent months this city has become an arena of fierce battles between the Syrian Arab Army backed by the Russians and the opposition and pro-Turkish forces in the area.
Under the agreement, mediated by Russia, the Russian military immediately entered the city and launched a search for individuals suspected of links to terrorist organizations or members of the Islamic State. According to confirmed information, these Russian actions have had results, as some wanted persons have started handing over their weapons to local authorities.
Despite the agreement reached so far, the Syrian Arab Army continues to carry out numerous bombings in various northwestern parts of the country, such as the cities of Benin, Raw Benin, Kansafra, and Al-Fateera.
Opposition factions are also bombing regime positions in al-Jayd, al-Bahasa, Yurin, and al-Rasif, in the western province of Hama.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March 2020, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use military power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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