Senior officers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had met with former rebel leaders in the southern governorate of Daraa to boost cooperation, the Horan Free League reported on August 26.
Sources with knowledge on the meeting told the Daraa-based media center that the meeting was held in the town of Muzayrib in the western countryside.
The meeting was attended by Brig. Gen. Ghayath Dallah, a senior commander in the SAA’s 4th Division. Dallah heads the division elite “Ghayath Force.” The commander led a number of successful operations in different parts of Syria.
On the other side, several former rebel commanders, who are currently leading local fighters, attended the meeting, including Moaz Al-Zoubi, Abu Omar Al-Shaghouri and Hassan Ajaj.
“The aim of the meeting was to reach a settlement between the two parties … As well as to start a cooperation between the two parties to put an end to the security chaos in the region,” a source told the Horan Free League.
According to the media center, Brig. Gen. Dallah promised the local leaders that detainees would be released if they help put an end to the attacks on 4th Division service members in Daraa.
Some sources in Daraa even alleged that Dallah asked the leaders to join a new operation in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib. However, this is yet to be verified.
In the last few months, a series of attacks targeted government service members and local fighters in Daraa. Dozens were killed or injured.
A better coordination between the SAA and Daraa’s local factions will, without a doubt, help improve security in the governorate. The meeting in Muzayrib may be only the begging of a closer cooperation between the two sides.