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Rabei Deebh: Culture of defeat and surrender spread among terrorists due to Syrian army’s successive victories

The Syrian war correspondent Rabei Deebh has underscored that the culture of defeat and surrender has spread widely among foreign-backed terrorist groups as a result of Syrian army’s successive victories in many areas since 2015.

In an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper, Deehh said: “During the stage of major victories against terrorists in the Eastern and western Ghouta of Damascus, Syrian Army has worked on intensifying strikes against terrorists’ strongholds and breaking the terrorists’ will to fight as well as opening the door for terrorists to surrender.”

He made it clear that the success of Syrian Army in breaking the terrorists’ will to fight came after they realized that Syrian Army’s victory is inevitable when it starts a military operation in any area. 

Syrian Army has followed the strategy of cordoning off the terrorist groups to prevent them from moving to any area, cutting off their supply routes and carrying out intensive attacks against their strongholds.

This strategy coincided with popular protests inside terrorist-held areas against the savage practices of terrorists. “The protesters called on Syrian Army units to enter the areas and to save them from terrorists. So the areas were divided into sectors for military operations and for opening safe corridors for civilians besides working on reconciliation [or settlement] deals.” 

“Since two years ago and until now, there has been a tangible difference in the strategy of war and the nature of armed terrorist groups. When Syrian Army and allies advance, the war becomes easier as they work from the very beginning on breaking the terrorist groups’ will to fight and giving them two choices- either surrender or die. Surrender of armed persons is followed by conveying them to Idlib in the north of Syria or settling their status and joining fight against terrorists,” the war correspondent said.

Military balance 

He affirmed that the advanced weapons sent to terrorist groups by the US, Israel, Gulf States and other countries supporting terrorism in Syria failed to change the military balance in the battlefields and to prevent Syrian Army from making advance.

“For example, at the beginning of battles in Daraa, U.S. and Israeli TOW missiles were delivered to terrorist groups there through Syrian- Jordanian border and the separation fence in the Golan heights in order to change the military balance there and to stop the advance of Syrian Army. But this was not achieved and the terrorists could not use the missiles because of popular protests and the advance of Syrian army,” Deebh said.

He stressed that terrorist groups have no doctrine and they are just mercenaries supported by western and regional intelligences to destroy Syria. “ The countries that support terrorism have counted on terrorist groups in 2015 in the so-called ‘Southern Storm Operation’ [Aasefat al-Janoub] in order to separate the south of Syria [Daraa] from the Syrian State, but they also failed.

90% of Daraa towns erupted against terrorists

Terrorism supporters have realized that their mercenaries have no chance to make a victory over Syrian Army and allies in Draaa in order to invest it politically, therefore they abandoned them.

“When the battles started in Daraa, the first-rank leaders of terrorist groups run away to Jordan after they had sold their weapons to other armed groups. While the second-rank leaders of terrorist groups tried to prevent popular protests against them through hanging the persons, who support reconciliation deals, but they failed,” Deebh said, asserting that popular protests against terrorists erupted in 90% of Daraa towns.

“In some towns of Daraa, the protesters turned into armed popular cells and they stormed the headquarters of terrorists and took arms from there in order to fight against terrorists,” the war correspondent said, pointing out that a huge number of armed terrorist groups surrendered after they failed to achieve a victory over Syrian Army in the ongoing battle in the south of Syria.

“Some of these groups joined the military operation room in Daraa for achieving victory over Syrian Army units, but they failed. They also tried to attack military checkpoints in Tafas, but they failed. They also pledged allegiance to ISIS to achieve victory, but they failed. So they were compelled  to surrender and to hand over their weapons.”

Some of those armed persons settled their status and joined Syrian Army units’ supporting forces to fight against terrorists.

“As soon as Syrian Army units and allies complete military operations and reconciliation deals in the western side of Daraa, they will move to defeat ISIS terrorists in the border Yarmouk Basin area. Then all areas of Daraa will be free of terrorists,” said Deebh, who accompanies Syrian Army units in their operations.

Message to western correspondents  

Asked about his message to the western correspondents, who cover the war in Syria, Deebh replied: “I wonder how the foreign journalists cover and document the war in Syria and describe those who perpetrate crimes against children, women and military personnel as ‘moderate opposition’?”

He went on to say: “I wonder how do the western correspondents, who claim that they are implementing the principles of international journalism, infiltrate into Syria through borders to cover the operations of what they call ‘armed moderate opposition’ and accompany al-Nusra Front terrorists in many areas to make an exclusive reports? What would foreign correspondents do, if we [Syrian journalists] described the perpetrators of terror attacks in any western country as ‘moderate opposition’ and their attacks as revolution? I want to know what will be their feeling about this?”

Over the past few days, Syrian Army discovered arms caches and British armored vehicles as well as US and Israeli made missiles in Daraa -near the Syrian-Jordanian borders- recently liberated by Syrian Army and allies. This proves once again the involvement of the US, Israel, Jordan, Britain in the terror war in Syria.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour