18 Jul 2018 21:04

Militants in Daraa governorate decide to fight ISIL alongside Syrian army - Russian general

MOSCOW. July 18 (Interfax-AVN) - Militants in the town of Bosra al-Sham in the Syrian province of Daraa have decided to join Syrian government forces, according to the Russian military.

"The militants did not just surrender arms. Former militants decided to join the Syrian army and fight against the terrorists of ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra [both banned in Russia]," the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, said on the television channel Rossiya-24 (VGTRK).

"Talks with militants and the efforts of our Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides have resulted in the triumph of reason. It was decided that the town will peacefully join the close-knit family of Syrian towns," Tsygankov said.

In Bosra al-Sham, hundreds of militants gave up their weapons, and a Syrian flag now flies above the town, the television channel reported. Security is being provided by Syrian government forces, and Russian military police are also present.