On July 12, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Military Police entered the southern part of the city of Daraa, which had been under the control of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) since 2012.
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The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that SAA soldiers raised the Syrian flag over the central square near the post office.
The deployment of the SAA and the Russian Millitary Police is a part of a reconciliation agreement, which was reached a day earlier. Under the agreement, radical militants will be evacuated to the opposition-held areas in northern Syria, while the former fighters of the FSA will join the SAA.
Last year, a coalition of HTS and the FSA launched a large scale attack on the SAA’s positions inside the city of Daraa. The militants were backed by the US-led Military Operations Center (MOC) in Jordan. Hundereds of SAA soldiers and FSA fighters were reportedly killed as a result of the absurd attack.
Now with the whole city under the control of the SAA, the Damascus government can work to provide basic services for the civilians there, similar to what it did in Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta before.