In accordance with the six month long ceasefire agreement inside the resort-city of Al-Zabadani and the predominately Shi’i towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya, the wounded and captured Islamist rebel fighters from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” have begun their transfer to the northern Syrian province of Idlib.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Government provided a number of buses to transport the approved Islamist rebels from Al-Zabadani to the Idlib Governorate; this begins the first phase of the ceasefire agreement, along with the release of 500 militants from the custody of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army, and Jabhat Al-Nusra were confined to less than 1 square kilometer of territory in Al-Zabadani before the implementation of this ceasefire agreement; this prompted the aforementioned Islamists to besiege the isolated towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya in the Idlib Governorate.

The second phase of this ceasefire agreement will be the transport of women, children, and elderly residents inside Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya to the neighboring province of Latakia, while the soldiers from the National Defense Forces (NDF) retain the right to control these Shia towns that were targeted by the Islamist rebels.

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Salman Bajwa
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Salman Bajwa

How many rebels are in zabdani and how many release by syrian army according to new agreement.

Daahireeto Mohamud
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Daahireeto Mohamud

It is good deal for SAA and Hezbollah, now eastern Ghouta problem should be addressed , then Qaryatain and Plamyra, while Jisr shaqour should remain main goal for SAA in the coming weeks, if that is achieved, the state is more or less secure and SAA can continue its offensive opetations without urgency.

Matt Cusumano
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Matt Cusumano

I understand the Syrian Government’s first priority is to preserve lives of innocents. I have to conclude that the situation in Idlib was really, really desperate, for the SAA to agree to forfiet their huge potential victory in Zabidani in order to gain concessions in Idlib.

I am shocked they agreed to release 500 captured Jihadi’s. That’s a HUGE NUMBER of scum that will need to be recaptured, or killed down the road.

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