The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division had withdrawn some of its troops from western Daraa to the governorate’s city center, the Horan Free League revealed on September 16.
According to the Daraa-based news center, around 150 soldiers of the 4th Division, who were deployed in western Daraa last August, were pulled out from the region. The troops were deployed on Nab’a al-Fauar-Muzayrib road.
“Local groups from the region’s residents will remain at checkpoints to secure the road from Zizoun Camp to the city of Daraa,” the center said in its report.
The withdrawal of 4th Division troops was reportedly the result of a new agreement between the SAA and local fighters. The agreement was reached during the recent meeting between 4th Division commander Brig. Gen. Ghayath Dallah and a number of former rebel leaders.
Under the agreement, local fighters agreed to reopen police stations in the towns of Tafas and Muzayrib in cooperation with the 4th Division.
In the last few months, a series of attacks targeted Syrian service members and local fighters in Daraa. ISIS terrorists were behind some of the attacks.
The new agreement in Daraa will boost coordination between the army and local fighters. The lack of real cooperation between the two sides is one of the reasons leading to the state of lawlessness in the governorate.
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