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Can Russia maintain status quo in Syria's Daraa despite Assad, Iran?

The Russian-brokered cease-fire agreement is evidence of Moscow's complex positioning in southwest Syria.
A picture shows a Russian flag on a Russian military vehicle in the Syrian district of Daraa al-Balad in Syria's southern province of Daraa, on Sept. 1, 2021.

On the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 31, a cease-fire agreement was reached between the so-called "reconciled rebels" in the rebel-held city of Daraa al-Balad and the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The agreement provides for government forces to lift the monthslong siege on the city, which in recent days has been attacked and shelled by Assad's forces in an attempt to take control of it.

The terms of the agreement allow the Russian military police and a security committee linked to the Syrian regime to travel to the area to consolidate the cease-fire.

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