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US warns Syria of “firm action” on breach of ceasefire

UNITED STATES – The United States warned Syria on Friday it would take “firm and appropriate action” in response to ceasefire violations, saying it was concerned about reports of a military operation in a non-escalation zone in the northwest.

Washington has also warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of expanding the conflict.

“The United States will take firm and appropriate action in response to violations of the Assad regime as a guarantor of this non-escalation zone with Russia and Jordan,” State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said in a statement late on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, That the Syrian government forces, which just achieved victory last week against one of the enclaves of the Islamic state in the south of Damascus began to move to the province of Daraa in southern Syria.

Government media in Syria said government planes dropped leaflets on areas controlled by opposition fighters in Daraa urging militants to lay down their arms.

The US warning came weeks after a similar attack in a no-escalation zone in northeastern Syria controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic forces. US air and ground forces repelled the four-hour attack, which killed perhaps 300 pro-Assad factions, most of them Russian mercenaries.

With the support of Russian air, ground forces from Iran and allied factions, including Lebanese Hezbollah, helped Syrian government forces expel opposition fighters from Syria’s largest city and put them in a strong military position.

Syrian government forces recovered all areas controlled by opposition forces near Damascus in recent weeks Including the eastern Ghouta area with a large population density as well as a large south in central Syria.

The Syrian government is currently in the strongest position since the early months of the war in 2011, although the road is still long before Assad’s goal is to re-establish control over all of Syria.

Opposition fighters still control two large contiguous areas of land in the northwest and southwest of the country. US-backed Kurdish and Arab factions control a quarter of Syria east of the Euphrates.