Syria Daily: US Warns Assad Against Offensive in South

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Bashar al-Assad with regime forces in East Ghouta near Damascus, March 2018

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The US Government has warned the Assad regime against an offensive to retake opposition territory in southern Syria, near the Jordanian and Israeli borders.

Responding to reports from pro-Assad outlets of deployments for an assault on areas such as Dara’a Province, where the 2011 uprising began, the State Department said the US will take “firm and appropriate measures” over any violation of a de-escalation zone, declared by Washington and Russia last July.

Following the regime’s conquest of East Ghouta near Damascus and the capture of a pocket in northern Homs Province last month, much of Dara’a and Quneitra Provinces is one of two large areas still controlled by the opposition. The other is in the northwest — almost all of Idlib Province, and parts of neighboring northern Hama and western Aleppo Provinces.

Turkey is protecting the northwestern area, and Russia — for now — is joining Ankara in observation posts to deter any ground offensive. That has left the south as the likely target of a pro-Assad advance, but the involvement of Iranian-supported militia and Hezbollah could bring Israeli intervention.

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Pro-Assad blogs have been cheering the move of some of the regime’s top units towards Dara’a. State media have reported that planes have dropped leaflets demanding that rebels disarm.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a Friday statement, “As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations.”

She focused on Moscow with the call, “Russia is duly responsible as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to use its diplomatic and military advantage over the Assad regime to stop attacks and compel the Assad regime to cease further military offensives.”


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The attackers struck the al-Hader center during the iftar dinner breaking the Ramadan fast on Friday. Four men were slain immediately, and the fifth died on Saturday morning.

Armed men have periodically targeted White Helmets centers. Seven volunteers were killed in Sarmin in Idlib Province last August.

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  1. Bunian Marsous Op (which is one of the most badass rebel groups) with US support. Say bye bye to Daraa aswell Bashar.

      • Never made such prediction….but i remember perfectly well someone else denying and making a bafoon of himself during JAF breaking the siege. You disapeared for how long in those days ? a month or more lol. Keep spreading bs Andre. And cheer up….Assad still controls less than 40% of the country :) :)

      • If bombing a bunch of hospitals and other civilian infrastructure and turning it into rubble is “liberation” then he liberated the shit out of it. Or I should say his foreign overlords “liberated” it as the Russians were hip deep in blood.

        • If bombing a bunch of hospitals and other civilian infrastructure and turning it into rubble is “liberation” then he liberated the shit out of it.

          You musty be referring to the 590 last hospitals and last clown in East Aleppo that Assad kept destroying.

          Or I should say his foreign overlords “liberated” it as the Russians were hip deep in blood.

          As in million murdered Vietnamese, or 1.5 million murdered North Koreans, or the half a million dead children in Iraq before the 2002 invasion which killed a further 1 million?

              • I’m sorry that you can’t make relevant arguments based on facts without resorting to the same childish whatboutism that the Russians you worship use constantly to justify every war crime they commit. You are fooling absolutely no one.

              • Yeah and I really don’t give a shit. I’m going to continue to call out your sad ass whataboutism for what it is.

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