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Some Syrian regime fighters defecting when forced to front lines

With renewed fighting in northern Syria, regime officers are transferring conscripted young men from Daraa in the south to the front lines of the battles, leading to defections.

DARAA, Syria — Clashes continue between Syrian regime forces and armed volunteers on one hand and opposition fighters on the other in Daraa province in Syria’s deep south.​

The Russian military police intervened in the Daraa clashes and brokered an agreement under which opposition fighters would hand over their weapons and the weapons of the volunteer groups would be withdrawn. Opposition members who refused to abide by the agreement were moved to Idlib in the north, escorted by Russia forces and members of the humanitarian group Red Crescent. They arrived in Idlib March 5 and joined the opposition there.

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