Last weekend, the Syrian government and militant groups operating in the Wadi Barada area reached a reconciliation agreement. The agreement was brokered by a delegation of Russian officers.
According to the agreement:
- Militant groups must hand over light, medium, and heavy weapons to the Syrian army.
- All foreign militants must withdraw from Wadi Barada. They can move to Idlib with light weapons.
- Local members of militant groups can stay in Wadi Barada or move to Idlib.
- Local members of militant groups that choose to stay in Wadi Barada will be pardoned by the government.
- The Syrian army will enter villages in the Wadi Barada area and will set up checkpoints there.
Recently, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces made a major advance in Wadi Barada capturing Dahret al-Nhaylah which overlooks Kafr al-Awamid.
That advance, and the participation of the Russian military delegation in the negotiations, pushed the so-called “opposition” into accepting the terms of the agreement.
However, militants didn’t allow government engineers to restore the water supply line to Damascus.
The army relaunched the offensive operation in the area to push militants to fulfill the agreement.