Syrian Army medium machine gun team during clashes in southern Aleppo (Source: Sputnik / Mikhail Alayeddin).

he US State Department issued a statement late on Friday, saying it was “concerned” by leaflets that were reportedly dropped by government aircraft in the province of Daraa. Retired Brigadier Ali Maqsud told Sputnik that the US is creating obstacles for the Syrian army to continue its liberation of occupied regions.

A Syrian military expert, retired Brigadier Ali Maqsud, told Sputnik that “the Syrian army has provided the necessary training to conduct a military liberation operation in southern Syria. Now the militants have a last chance to lay down their arms and surrender.”

He added that the US threats are aimed at stopping the army from conducting the upcoming operation.

“American statements are another attempt to draw another red line for the Syrian army. The reason for that is that Israel is worried about the fact that the Syrian army is getting closer to the occupied territory; there is a danger of involving Israel in clashes,” Maqsud said.

He went on to say that the army will not abandon its plans, as it already has experience in erasing such “red lines” in Palmyra and the desert part of Syria.

“After the liberation of East Ghouta, the army has the opportunity and strength to conduct other operations. Naturally, it was decided to further liberate those areas that are still under the control of terrorists,” the brigadier said.

The military operation was temporarily postponed at the request of the government in the province of Daraa to enable militants to surrender without a battle. Such a scenario was envisaged in order to save the region from fighting.

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Earlier, the US expressed concern over incoming information about Syrian government troops preparing for an offensive operation in the zone of de-escalation in the south-west of Syria.

It warned Damascus against violation of the ceasefire. This statement was made by State Department spokesman Heather Nauert.

A military-diplomatic source told Sputnik that rebels of al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army are expanding their control over territories in southern Syria with the goal of creating autonomy under the patronage of the United States.

The militants plan to launch a coordinated attack on government forces in all three southern provinces.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Daesh*-linked terror groups were seen at the Syria’s southern borders with Israel. The area known as the al-Tanf region is controlled by the US.

“We are witnessing an increasing number of armed groups appearing in this region, including the Rukban refugee camp, which according to our information, is related in one way or another to Daesh and other extremist structures,” he noted.

Lavrov expressed hope that reports on the withdrawal of US troops from Syria’s southern base would come to fruition.

“The military presence there has no sense, from a military point of view,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.

The United States occupies a 34-mile zone around its military base in al-Tanf, where it trains and equips armed Syrian opposition forces.

The Rukban refugee camp is located about 11 miles south of al-Tanf and inside the US-controlled zone on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Source: Sputnik

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Darra can wait, Isis in Dier ez-Zor is more important, they just got between 1200 and 1700 fighters added to their ranks. The US base at Al-Tanf is only 150km away and last year was a major problem for the SAA when pursuing fleeing Isis fighters, that seemed [did] to use the 55km exclusion zone around it to hide in and avoid the SAA. What’s Darra got that Dier ez-Zor hasn’t.

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Nothing will happen. The Syrian government got its hands tied by Russia who stabbed Syria in the back when it created so called de-escalation zones. Syria will be partitioned into three countries as per Russia/Zionist plan. The only way out is for Iran to take over and help the Syrian Army liberate the rest of Syria from the Zio/Nazis colonial, imperialist invasion and ocupation terror forces. The Zionist tyranny will try to stop them from eliminating their covert ISIS (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) with its air power. But the Zio/Nazis are no match to Hezbollah and the Syrian army combined.… Read more »

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You’re right, Putin’s de escalation zones have been nothing but a hinderance to the SAA and have only helped the rebels and Turkey hold land they were about to lose to the SAA, especially in Idlib. For all the great gifts that Putin’s ever gave to Erdogan, he’s only ever received an empty box with nothing inside as a reciprocal gift, you’d think Putin would’ve learnt to wait to receive Erdogan’s gift first before he gives him his, but he hasn’t. Other de escalation zones have worked out a little better and even on the very odd occasion, even been… Read more »

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Russia will prevent Syria from liberating the Zionist controlled Southern part of the country or the Turkish occupied North Western parts of Syria as is its right, because Russia was the one who proposed and signed to the conveniently called “de-escalation zones” with those countries behind the back of the Syrian government.

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““American statements are another attempt to draw another red line for the Syrian army. The reason for that is that Israel is worried about the fact that the Syrian army is getting closer to the occupied territory; there is a danger of involving Israel in clashes,” Maqsud said.” => IMHO, not so! Few months before passing, former Mossad boss Meir Dagan even stated that since Dr.Assad was in power, they even had less ‘problems’ with Syria than wit Egypt or Jordan. Bashar is not a warmonger and… He’s not stupid : he perfectly knows Syria wouldn’t stand a chance in… Read more »

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May God deliver us from the Zionist tyranny anti-Christ. If Iran will be the instrument in God’s hands to put down the anti-Christ than so be it! The Zionist tyranny foreign minister Lieberman has repeatedly stated that ISIS is no issue for the Zionists and for a good reason because ISIS is guarding 1/4 of the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan together with al-Qaida which controls 2/3 of the remaing territory confining the Zionist occupied Syrian Golan. Al-Qaida and ISIS are also continually being aided and supplied with weapons by the Zionist tyranny and even given free treatment in the best… Read more »

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You should go to work for ZeroHedge. They do the half-lie c**p too. You’d fit right in…especially with your Israeli love. I especially like the ‘Syria knows it couldn’t beat Israel’ BS. Sez you and Bibi, the king of lying backstabbers. Everyone hopes for war between Hez and Heeb and the liberation of the world.