Militants in Southern Syria Reject US-Russia Brokered Ceasefire Deal

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Militants in Southern Syria Reject US-Russia Brokered Ceasefire Deal

The largest coalition of militant groups in Southern Syria announced that they have refused to participate in a US-Russia brokered cessation of hostilities stretching across Quneitra, Dara’a and Western Sweida.

Releasing a long statement on the matter, the ‘Death over Humiliation’ operations room that was formed in February to unite Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the al-Nusra Front) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorist groups under one fighting force, stated it would not adhere to the ceasefire, rendering it useless:

Thus, clashes between militants and the Syrian army resumed across all the three provinces in Southern Syria on Friday with both sides exchanging artillery fire.

Effectively, the ceasefire held for less than one week.

A ceasefire took effect in Southwest Syria after a deal was brokered by the US and Russia on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in the German city of Hamburg last Friday.

The truce was enforced by midday on Sunday, in the provinces of Dara’a, Sweida and Quneitra in the Southwest, along the Jordanian border.

Syrian government forces had announced a halt to combat operations in the three provinces. According to the military, the move was aimed at supporting the peace process and national reconciliation in Syria.

The United States and Russia have backed opposing sides in Syria’s six-year-conflict, with Moscow supporting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Washington backing rebel groups seeking his ouster.

The deal is separate from the draft agreement on de-escalation zones, which were to be created under a deal brokered earlier this year during Russia, Turkey and Iran-sponsored talks in Astana between the Syrian government and representatives of the armed opposition.

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4 Responses to "Militants in Southern Syria Reject US-Russia Brokered Ceasefire Deal"

  1. Amelius  July 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Well, as Duke Nukem once said, “Kill em all and let God sort em out.”

    • kaho  July 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      This reminds me of what the Papal legate Arnaud Amaury is reported to have said on July 22nd, 1209 AD prior to the massacre of Béziers during the Albigensian Crusade :

      « Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt Eius.» ( Kill them. The Lord knows those who are His own. )

      The soldiers had asked him how to distinguish the righteous from the heretics.
      The chroniclers estimate the number of deaths between 15,000 and 22,000

  2. Khalid Talaat  July 14, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Bullseye Doc, their demise is near but before they go, they will boomerang into the Kingdom of Saudi Judaea. You might say a case of the magic turning on the magician. As important as It is for military leaders to read the Art of War, I think it is equally important for psyop organizers to watch the movie Fantasia, where the brooms and the buckets go rogue with “unintended consequences.” Mankind is one dumb animal most of the time.

  3. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    No surprise that Trump couldn’t get US-backed al-Qaeda/al-Nusra & FSA terrorists to stop their terrorism.

    Putin/Russia delivered. Trump did not. Just makes al-Qaeda/al-Nusra & FSA terrorists fair targets – again.

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