One year after they captured much of the Golan Heights inside the Al-Quneitra Governorate, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has agreed to begin reconciliation talks with Fouj Al-Joulani (Golani Regiment) of the National Defense Forces’ (NDF).

The Free Syrian Army command in the rebel-held towns of Jabatha Al-Khasheb, Beit Jinn, and Taranjah were propositioned by the leaders of Fouj Al-Joulani to cease the hostilities with the people of Hadar and work towards a reconciliation; however, the details of this arrangement were not revealed.

These aforementioned groups are no strangers to one another, the tribal issues between the people of Hadar and Beit Jabatha Al-Khasheb/Beit Jinn have occurred for decades and were recently illuminated during this four year long conflict that has pinned Syrian civilians against one another.

Should the National Defense Forces and Free Syrian Army reconcile in this area of the Golan Heights; it is not necessarily clear who would govern the reconciled territory.

Another issue that could plague the possibility of reconciliation in the Golan Heights is the prevalence of fighters from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – they usually act autonomously in the Al-Quneitra Governorate and they could benefit greatly from sleeper cells in this area of western Syria.

 

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