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Hundreds of defectors from Syrian government forces join FAC training camps in Daraa

Editing: Radwan Al-Homsi Khaled Abdulhamid Smesem |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/06/30 11:08

Daraa - SMART

Several members, who recently defected the Syrian government forces, joined training camps of the Russian-backed Fifth Assault Corps (FAC) in the Busra al-Sham area, eastern Daraa, Southern Syria.

On Tuesday, military and local sources reported to SMART that the Russian-backed FAC launched military training courses for defected members and officers in Busra al-Sham.

The sources added that the FAC held a meeting in the city on June 7, 2020, with the presence of representatives from villages of Daraa, to present the idea of launching a 15-day military training course for a group of members who will be responsible of protecting their villages and towns; the group will be affiliated directly with the FAC.

The sources clarified that this project aims to protect young men who evaded compulsory recruitment. The sources mentioned that these training courses will be divided into two sessions, the first is train the members to escort and protect commanders, and the second session is training in fighting with all types of weapons.

Earlier, officers from the Russian Army met with a delegation of the Syrian government forces and commanders of the FAC, which was formed by Russia and includes former Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters.

Frequent shooting incidents occur in the Daraa governorate, targeting Syrian government forces members, former FSA fighters, and former employees of local councils, amidst accusations by activists against the Syrian government forces to be responsible for these incidents. 

The Syrian government forces gained total control of the Daraa governorate after concluding reconciliation agreements with FSA factions under a Russian sponsorship. The agreements included a ceasefire, handing over the FSA weapons, and allowing people who refuse to reconcile to head for Northern Syria. The agreement guaranteed that the Syrian government forces would not prosecute those who wish to stay in Daraa.