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Daraa in SW Syria Next for Clean Up?

Daraa province in southwestern Syria may well be on the list for clean up following the Syran Arab Army's successes against terrorists in E Ghouta.  Naturally, Israel and Jordan who both have been facilitating terrorists opposed to the Assad government in Damascus are getting nervous.  It is logical for the government of Syria to reassert control over its national territory.  Some observers believe that the successes in E Ghouta pave the way for moves further south.  Daraa province would be the primary target.

Al-Monitor has a detailed analysis of the situation:

Jordan is keeping a close eye on the situation in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta amid growing fears that the Syrian regime’s next move will be against the southern province of Daraa along the kingdom’s borders.....

The situation in southwest Syria represents a crucial national security concern for Jordan. A collapse of the de-escalation zone there and an attempt by the Syrian army and allied militias to take over the region would sound alarm bells in both Jordan and Israel. For Jordan, clashes and fighting along its northern borders could send thousands of Syrian refugees into the kingdom, which is already hosting at least 600,000 Syrian refugees out of 1.2 million Syrians residing in the kingdom.

Jordan has repeatedly complained that hosting Syrian refugees has stretched its resources and complicated its economic recovery. It has also stated that it could no longer receive additional refugees. The Jordanian economy has been under pressure for years with unemployment and poverty rates reaching record levels.....

But political analyst Omar Kulab said the “liberation of Syrian territory could extend to southern Syria following the recapture of Eastern Ghouta.” He told Al-Monitor that Jordanian interests come first and “it is in our interests to purge our northern borders and reopen the border crossing with Damascus.” He pointed to the presence of the IS-linked group Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Waleed in the Yarmouk River basin.

Orieb al-Rintawi, the head of the Amman-based Jerusalem Center for Political Studies, told Al-Monitor that Israel could be using Jabhat al-Nusra in southern Syria to confront pro-Iran militias that may try to come close to the Golan. “This further complicates things for Jordan because any military faceoff in the south will be within a few kilometers from Jordanian borders,” Rintawi said. Claims that Israel has provided military aid to jihadi rebels in southern Syria have circulated since former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said in 2016 that Israel was treating wounded rebel fighters. Yet Israeli officials have vehemently denied allegations that it has provided armed support....



Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/jordan-fear-collapse-safe-zones-southern-syria-close-border.html#ixzz5BKPvWtdk



 

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