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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:25 P.M.) – An astonishing deal is underway between warring parties in Syria after Islamist rebels and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reportedly reached a verbal agreement on Monday evening to trade control of Fuah and Kafraya in Idlib province in return for Madaya and Zabadani in the Rif Dimashq governorate.

The agreement was facilitated by a delegation from Qatar while the initial part of the undisclosed deal involves a ceasefire in both areas to begin at midnight on Tuesday.

Next, besieged residents in the aforementioned towns are to be evacuated to safer areas while government troops and insurgents stationed there will undergo the same journey.

If all goes to plan in the weeks to come, rebel forces will surrender Madaya and Zabadani to the SAA while the latter will concede Fuah and Kafraya to Jaish al-Fateh.

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The SAA already had Zabadani, long, long ago and failed to take the remaining pocket. I understand that the cost to try and maintain Fouah and Kafraya must be horrendous for Syria, though the cost in human terms to the people who will be required to move from their homes is also horrible. It may make sense to make this deal and hopefully, the SAA will have such success that they can come back and re-occupy these two towns, returning these people to their land. You have to wonder if this is part of an already agreed division of land… Read more »

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SAA (and Hizbollah) forces have had Zabadani and Madaya surrounded for a long time, and could easily have taken them long ago. However, the largely sunni rebel forces in Idlib had surrounded the Shia towns of Fouah and Kafraya, and could have taken them long ago as well. They sent word that if SAA and allies proceeded with Zabadani and Madaya, then they would raze Fouah and Kafraya, and kill everyone there. So, it has been a long stand-off, since the SAA really couldn’t protect Fouah and Kafraya. This exchange is a good short term move that helps the SAA… Read more »

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De acuerdo con tu opinión.

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An exchange point should be fixed, unless officials from Qatar are physicaly present.

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You have to wonder how it can be ensured that SAA does not leave Fouah and Kelfraya, only to have the people in Zabadani and Madayah refuse to leave. Too many times have deals been broken by the terrorists.

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Terrorists are not reliable 🙁

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It is not the main problem. The main problem is to have the SAA and the people from Foua and Kafraya safe on SAA controlled territory. If that is achieved without problems, Zabadany and Madaya won’t be any problem at all. In my opinion it would be even better if the terrorists refuse to leave. They can be and will be smashed by SAA in that case in just a few days.

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With Qatar’s emir in the M.Brotherhood, expect things like Hudaibiyah treaty or some taqiyya trick… Actually, there’d be a thing very simple to do to stop 80% of world terrorism if not more, the problem is that it’d need to have all the US personnel in al-Udeir to move with their aircraft. It’s easy : if there are 2.4M people living in Qatar, there are about 1.2M Indians and only 330k Qatari ‘subjects’. Only 10k militaries incl. a 2k manpower air-force with 12 Mirage-2000… A pretty easy target for… Why not Indian navy? Just need some Indian workers doing strikes… Read more »

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I expect that a french politician, from thoses with the mouth bigger than the a*s, a guy, L.Fabius, wihich said that Nusra was doing a good job, should be in the green bus.

If not, this is no honest. I know already the answer :mrgreen:

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I was expecting that Foua and Kafraya should have been exchanged long back when SAA allowed 15,000 rebels from Aleppo to leave safely. This is mystery to me why was not done that time.

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The Islamists were holding out for this exchange in particular. No reason to scuttle the whole Aleppo victory over two towns.

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Incompetence.

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Hace mucho tiempo el gobierno Sirio tenía para terminar en Zabadani, muchas veces el gobierno concede a los caprichos de los mercenarios, para un soldado eso no está bien.