On June 28, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reached a 12-hours ceasefire agreement in southern Syria as a result of Russian-Jordanian mediation, according to Syrian pro-opposition sources. The ceasefire is set to begin at midnight exactly.
Furthermore, the Hammurabi’s Justice News blog, which is linked to the US-led coalition and FSA, revealed that a new round of talks between Russia and the FSA was held recently. According to the pro-oppositions blog, Russia proposed a deal that would allow the FSA to withdraw from southern Syria. However, FSA commanders rejected the deal.
The SAA, the Tiger Forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces will resume their military operations against the FSA in the southern governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra once the temporary ceasefire is over.
This will likely increase the pressure on the FSA in southern Syria and possibly force the US-backed groups to accept the Russian deal. A very similar scenario happened before during the battle of Aleppo city and the battle of Eastern Ghouta.