The Syrian Army released a statement that accused the US Coalition of planning attacks for the ISIL from the Tanf zone in Southern Syria, FARS News reported.
According to the Syrian Army statement, the US Coalition allowed free passage to ISIS terrorists from the Tanf zone; they would then attack the government forces after leaving this area, the AMN reported.
Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Army said that the US Coalition was providing the ISIS intelligence about their positions in the Badiyeh Al-Sham region.
Earlier this year, the US told the so-called Free Syrian Army militant group that they could no longer rely on Washington’s support which had been trickling since 2011 as the army launched an operation which resulted in the liberation of the southern provinces.
On Friday, it was reported that Washington had also cut its $230 million funding for the so-called Syria stabilization projects, citing increased contributions from the Saudi Arabian regime and other allies.
An all-out attack by Assad’s forces against rebels in Idlib is the most likely development, according to analysts.
Rai al-youm underlined that the Trump administation wants to isolate the eastern Euphrates from the rest of the region which is a strategic region in terms of the availability of oil and gas resources for Syria and make two independent regions-one a Kurdish and the other the tribal Arabic-and sent Saudi and UAE forces to protect the areas in Syria to replace the American forces that leave the country, IRNA reports.
The key northwestern Idlib province is the Syrian opposition’s last major bastion in the country. It is currently home to nearly three million people, half of whom are internally displaced, and encloses what was once a major commercial highway linking Syria to Turkey and Jordan.
Along with sharing a border with Turkey, Idlib is adjacent to Latakia province, a Syrian government stronghold that is home to the biggest military airbase of its major ally, Russia.
Idlib’s strategic importance is what makes a government-led assault imminent, experts say, and its capture would put the vast majority of the country under Assad’s control.
In recent weeks, government forces have begun amassing near Jisr al-Shughour, a town on Idlib’s western edge. Earlier this month, they launched artillery and rocket fire at areas adjacent to the provinces of Hama, local media reported.
Conversely, key rebel factions in Idlib announced recently the formation of a new coalition, with some 70,000 fighters pledging to fight against Assad’s forces.
Syrians were complaining about high unemployment, corruption and a lack of political freedom under President Bashar al-Assad, who succeeded his late father Hafez in 2000.
In March 2011, pro-democracy demonstrations erupted in the southern city of Deraa, inspired by the “Arab Spring” in neighbouring countries.
When the government used deadly force to crush the dissent, protests demanding the president’s resignation erupted nationwide.
The unrest spread and the crackdown intensified. Opposition supporters took up arms, first to defend themselves and later to rid their areas of security forces. Mr Assad vowed to crush what he called “foreign-backed terrorism”.The violence rapidly escalated and the country descended into civil war, BBC News reported.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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