On 29th and 30th June the Assad army and the IRGC (and militias) tried to get the war going again by continuing attacks northwest of Damascus in Wadi Barada. The IRGC said that armed opposition forces are in that area. The IRGC also falsely said that this was not included in the ceasefire accord.
Assad’s army and the IRGC are attempting to change the population structure in the area by displacing residents.
Speaking about the consequences of the ceasefire for the Iranian regime, Syrian military analyst Gen. Ahmad Rahal confirmed that they were the main losers of the ceasefire that was imposed on them. He said: “I had previously said that Turkey and Russia are capable of determining this issue. President Erdogan’s remarks made it clear that only Daesh (ISIS) is excluded from the agreement. The Iranian regime claims about Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam being excluded from the agreement were not fulfilled. We are facing a reality. The Iranian regime and Assad regime are the main losers of the agreement.”
Gen. Rahal also remarked that if a political resolution is found, all militias need to be evicted from Syria. He added: “Therefore, the Iranian regime surrendered to the pressure by Russia. I don’t say the regime in Iran agrees with or accepts the agreement but understands very well that it cannot thwart Russia’s political and military efforts, and especially because we are also facing the Trump administration in the future, something that would make the Iranian regime busy. From now on, the Iranian regime is facing a powerful lever that includes not only Russia and Turkey but also the U.S.”
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has repeatedly condemned the IRGC’s presence in Syria, and has said that peace and tranquillity will not come to the region as long as the IRGC and its militias remain in Syria trying to rekindle the war.