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According to Arabic media reports on 18 November, over the past four days, and as part of its peace and reconciliation process, the Syrian government has settled the status of more than 3,500 former combatants in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor.
Government authorities, in cooperation with the Russian-Syrian Reconciliation Center, continue to carry out the peace and reconciliation process in regions formerly controlled by armed militias. Taking part in the process are people wanted by the Syrian authorities, fugitives, former militia members, and citizens who have failed the compulsory and reserve services in the army.
A high-ranking member of the Akidat tribe, Sheikh Abdul Karim al-Dandal, told Sputnik that the peace and reconciliation process has strengthened stability and security in the region, before adding: “We are in constant contact with our children in various parts of the governorate. This large influx is a message to the whole world that the people of Deir Ezzor reject US presence in our region.”
The head of the Russian-Syrian Reconciliation Center, Sheikh Abdullah Shalash, said that “national reconciliation is a message to the inside and outside that the state embraces all its sons.”
Among those pardoned earlier this week is Khalaf al-Asaad, a leader of the Bakara tribe and former President of the Legislative Council of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
It is expected that early next week the peace and reconciliation committees will move to the city of Al-Mayadin in the governorate’s countryside to complete their work.
According to Syrian authorities, over 20,000 former combatants have taken part in the process in the governorates of Deraa, Deir Ezzor, Hasakah and Quneitra.
However, despite the encouraging progress being made, on 13 November, masked gunmen in Deraa launched a bloody attack on the home of a local advocate of agreements with the Syrian government. The targeted killing left three dead, including a 13-year-old child.