Syrian government announces victory over rebels
Troops to remain in cities to maintain security
The Syrian government has announced on Friday that they have defeated the rebels and brought an end to the yearlong revolt. However the government stated that the Army would stay in troubled cities to ensure security and will only pull out when it’s safe to recall the troops in keeping with the U.N backed peace deal.
Despite the peace plan explicitly stating that the government has to be the first one to pull back its troops the army is remaining in the city. There have also been reports of shelling in the Khalidiya district of Homs city. Clashes were also reported near a base in Jaramaneh in Damascus province.
State still saying they in control
Despite the fact that clashes are still happening across the country the Syrian government is insisting that they are in control and that the rebellion has been crushed. “The battle to topple the state is over,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad al-Makdissi told state run Syria TV on Friday. “Our goal now is to ensure stability and create a perspective for reform and development in Syria while preventing others from sabotaging the path of reform.”