The Syrian army has liberated several towns and villages from the grip of Takfiri terrorists in the strategic southern Dara’a Province, with locals rejoicing at the restoration of government control over the region.
According to Press TV, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Saturday that government forces had managed to retake more than half of Dara’a, which borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
A string of terrorist-held towns and villages accepted government rule as terrorist lines collapsed. Militants met Russian negotiators to seek peace terms for Dara’a Province, but said the talks failed.
Local groups in many towns recaptured by the army in recent days had negotiated their own surrender deals independently of the main militant operations rooms.
The southwest was an early hotbed of the foreign-backed riots against President Bashar Assad and defeat there would leave terrorists with just one remaining stronghold – the area around Idlib Province bordering Turkey in the northwest.
SOHR Head Rami Abdel Rahman said that eight Dara’a towns had been returned to government control under Russia-brokered deals “after talks in each town between Russian generals as well as local notables and remaining rebels.”
The so-called reconciliation deals have seen terrorists handing over their heavy weapons and evacuating to militant-held areas in northern Syria.
The towns of al-Ghariyah al-Sharqiya, al-Ghariyah al-Gharbiya, Um Walad, al-Harak and Busra al-Harir, all situated in eastern Dara’a, had been liberated in recent days.
In a statement to Syria’s official SANA news agency, a military source said that the army units had killed a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and destroyed their weapons in al-Ghariyah al-Gharbiya.
The source also noted that the Syrian military’s engineering units had begun dismantling mines and car bombs that terrorists had left behind.
Meanwhile, the town of Dael in Northwestern Dara’a Province was recaptured by the Syrian army on Saturday.
State television broadcast live images from Dael, showing residents holding up posters of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting slogans in support of the Syrian military.
Earlier in the day, the the Dara’a areas of Tal Khleif and Tal al-Sheikh Hassan reconciled with the Syrian government, with militants laying down their arms.
The government’s offensive so far has focused on Dara’a Province, which borders Jordan, but not Quneitra Province abutting the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.