Syrian Analyst Hails Darayya Liberation as Good Model for other Areas
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of a Syrian research center lauded the liberation of Darayya in the southwestern suburbs of Damascus as a strategic development, saying the way the government forces managed to take control of the town could serve as a model for recapturing other terrorist-held areas in Syria.
In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Malaz Meqdad said liberation of the town of Darayya after four years of siege was a strategic development, given its proximity to capital Damascus.
He explained that such a victory could become a model for flushing terrorists out of other areas.
Meqdad noted that the operation to take control of the city dragged on for four years because the Syrian army was concerned about civilian casualties.
On Thursday, militants controlling the city of Darayya struck a deal with the Syrian government that amounted to a surrender of territory.
Under the agreement, the government evacuated Darayya’s remaining residents in exchange for control of the town, which is only 3 kilometers from the center of Damascus.
Terrorists and local council sources had said around 5,000 people would be evacuated from Darayya that, before the war, was home to a quarter of a million people.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.