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A reconciliation process is developing in the areas recently liberated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southern Syria.
According to the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, since the start of the implementation of the reconciliation deal militants have surrendered 20 battle tanks, 13 armoured vehicles, 6 anti-aircraft automatic guns, 13 anti-aircraft guns, 29 mortars, 3 artillery pieces, 83 shoulder-launched anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 55 heavy machine guns and 301 automatic rifles.
Militants are set to surrender more wepons and equipment in the coming days.
Additionally, the SAA and its allies have continued attacking positions of radical armed groups, including Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), in the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra.
Government troops have liberates the villages of Sarmin, Inkhil, Khirbat Siryah, Jasim as well as nearby points. According to local activists, SAA units are moving towards the town of al-Harah.
On July 14, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan voiced concerns over an expected military operation of the SAA in the province of Idlib during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Turkish presidential source said, according to Reuters. The phone call took place two days after the liberation of Daraa city.
Despite formal participation of the Astana talks format alongside with Iran and Russia, Ankara is not hurrying up to combat Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the province of Idlib. If the SAA launched own operation, Turkey may make attempts to stop it.
The Popular Resistance of Raqqa (PRR), an anti-coalition resistance group operating in northeastern Syria, has carried out a bomb attack on a building, in which a meeting between representatives of the US-led coalition and commanders of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was allegedly taking place, the PRR claimed in a statement.
There are no reports on casualties in the attack. Nor the US-led coalition nor the SDF has commented on the PRR’s claims.
Meanwhile, reports appeared that the SDF may hand over the Omar oil field, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, to the Damascus government. While these reports remain unconfirmed, it is possible that Damascus will get access to the oil fields area.
The SDF, which is dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and their political wing – the PYD, has no capabilities to run oil fields within the controlled area. So, it does it involving government specialists and sharing the revenue with Damascus.
Who are the Popular Resistance of Raqqa? What side are they on? They are referred to as “anti-coalition.” Does this mean they are against the coalition of R+6? They seem to be anti-US/”SDF.” The lack of clarity of these sides and coalition has been a confusing factor throughout this sad, sad war.
“No rest for the terrorists occupying Quneytra, as soon as the SAA took full control (de mining and securing) Tell Harra, it placed artillery pieces and TOWs on it and it is now hitting hard Kawn al Basha, small village between Ayn al Basha and Naba al Sakher.
This is a clear indication and advance will follow, but also it is making an extra incentive for the villagers to kick the terrorists out of their town, expect many villages to surrender in Quneytra in the next few days.” (Canthama)
Rebuilding Syria Also Happens in the Occupied Territories.
“As we move forward in the next 4-6 weeks, we will hear more and more that the Syrian Government employees have started to fix, run and manage key facilities inside occupied north, NE and eastern Syria, such as dams, power station, pumping stations, water treatment etc…as well as major investments in oil and gas.
Some large infra structure investments are being analyzed, among them, the crisis management of Raqqa city, where de mining is needed, no running water, limited power supply, no bridges to cross the Euphrates and believe or not, hundreds if not thousands of dead burials needed (public health issue).
The above doesn’t mean the presence of the SAA at the moment, but it is a step forward toward country’s unit.” (Canthama)
“…there are many Syrian Government supporters all over the north, NE and eastern Syria, actually the majority of the population in those areas, of course most of them unarmed compared to the many militias, terrorists etc…
The negotiations are advancing, maybe still half way through it, but it is moving in the right direction for reconciliation and unity.
The Syrian Government is very tough in the negotiation, we have learnt through out 7 years to trust on the Government leaders as well as the SAA, even when retreating from large areas of the country during 2013-2015, things will get better.” (Canthama)