The evacuation of Syrian militants who did not want to reconcile with the country’s authorities and their families began in Daara, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, 10 buses with 407 militants and their families left Daraa, totaling to around 1,200 people. The withdrawal of the radicals is carried out under the agreements reached with the mediation by Russian military officials.
After the process is completed, the city of Dara’a in southern Syria will be completely freed from jihadist
Reconciliation in the past weeks has reached a number of towns and villages in Dara’a, bringing a peaceful settlement for those who wanted to make amends with the government.
However, a number of jihadist well join their ideologues in the northwest province of Idlib. Idlib province is the home to the majority of terrorist organizations such as the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic Turkistan Party, as well as other terrorist organizations such as Ahrar al-Sham.
ISIS are also beginning to reemerge in this province. Once southern Syria is completely liberated, Idlib and adjacent regions will remain the only areas left of Syria held by jihadists with the exception of a few ISIS pockets in the eastern desert region of Deir Ezzor.
It is expected that the operation to clear Dara’a of terrorists will be complete within the coming months and then the next operation will be to liberate Idlib province. It remains to be seen how Turkey will respond to such an operation as it is the main backer of terrorist groups in this region.
Syria has been in a state of war since 2011, with government forces battling numerous opposition groups and terrorist organizations.
Russia, together with Turkey and Iran, is the guarantor of the ceasefire regime in Syria. Moscow is also providing humanitarian aid to Syrians.