ALGER – After years of complex conflict with the involvement of regional, foreign and terrorist groups, the Syrian government now controls more than two-thirds of the country and regains a progressive return to the international scene after the decision of several countries to restore relations with Damascus after years of interruption
The Syrian army advanced towards the northern limit of the Manbij district where it was to prevent the advance of the "Euphrates Shield" forces on the Manbij axis controlled by Kurdish units.
Turkey launched in August 2016 in the north of Syria Operation "Shield of the Euphrates", targeting both Kurdish fighters and elements of the self-proclaimed terrorist group "Islamic State" (IS / Daesh) . The Syrian authorities have denounced this intervention on its territory as a blatant attack on the sovereignty of Syria.
Meanwhile, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the Kurdish region's recovery of Syrian government forces a "positive trend" widening the Syrian government's control zone, saying its entry "will in the sense of a stabilization of the situation ".
The city of Minbej in northern Syria is on high alert and tension after Washington announces plans to withdraw troops from Syria, media reports said Syrian army is already on its way to secure the cities of the north of the country, to respond to the solicitation of the people, after Turkish "military reinforcements" have been deployed near the Syrian borders in areas near the city of Minbej more the decision to withdraw US forces from the city.
Progressive return to the international scene
After the announcement of the withdrawal of US troops north of Syria, Russia pleaded Thursday for the restoration of Syria's sovereignty over this part of the country, urging Turkey to refrain from any military operation and to respect the de-escalation agreements signed with Moscow and Tehran, the guarantor countries of the Astana process on Syria, to guarantee peace and the preservation of security and save the loss of life of Syrian citizens.
On the diplomatic side things are accelerating at the end of the year on a note of triumph for the Syrian government, especially with the decision of US President Donald Trump, which has shaken everyone, including his own generals and the diplomatic sphere in Washington, "note the foreign media, and the latest visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Damascus.
In addition, a few days ago, the United Arab Emirates reopened their embassy in Damascus, closed since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, as part of a multinational pressure campaign against the government of President al Assad.
Bahrain, another monarchy in the Gulf region, has followed other countries, including Kuwait, which are preparing to restore diplomatic relations with Damascus in 2019, notes the newspaper that notes that the Arab League " plans to readmit Syria seven years after expelling it ".
For the British Sunday weekly The Observer, taking into account all its elements, in this case the military and diplomatic evolution in the last six months, "leaves no doubt that al-Assad has absolutely won a war on several fronts, against rebellion, terrorist networks and against the West "
The American newspaper The Washington Post, cited as an example the resumption of control of the national territory and the reopening of embassies in the victory of Bashar al-Assad on his opponents, ensuring that his positions are reinforced in the world particularly with the opening in 2018 of the Syrian border with Jordan and the reopening of embassies.
The media believes that the withdrawal of US forces from Syria will only accelerate the reintegration of the Syrian government in the Arab world and on the international scene. In addition, several airlines have decided to resume flights to Damascus airport, where a first direct flight was made last Thursday to Tunis.
The Syrian High Relief Committee (HCS) reported that more than 4 million of the 6.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their areas in Syria in 2018. According to the HCS, the residents returned home after their areas cleared of "terrorism."
This comes as Syrian refugees outside the country, including those in Lebanon and Jordan, have begun to return to their home country, given the improving situation in Syria.
The government regained control of much of the country after the defeat of terrorist groups in key areas. The conflict in Syria has since its outbreak in March 2011 more than 360 000 deaths and millions of refugees.