Keep in mind that Syria is attempting to take back it’s territory- within it’s recognized borders.
The US, through it’s terror proxies is attempting to impede this.
(Reuters) - The United States will “take firm and appropriate measures” in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the country’s southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.
After seven years of conflict, the southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is one of the parts of the country still outside the state’s control.
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, and he has repeatedly pledged to take back “every inch”.
Assad said on Wednesday his government was still pursuing a political solution for Syria’s rebel-held southwest, but would use military force if the effort failed.
“We are giving the political process a chance,” he told Iranian channel al-Alam News in an interview published in an English translation by Syrian state news agency SANA.
“If that doesn’t succeed, we have no other option but to liberate it by force.”
The state department said any Syrian government military actions against that zone risked broadening the conflict.The US has zero business enforcing anything in Syria. On Syrian territory.
“We affirm again that the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Syrian government violations in this area,” it said in a statement on Thursday.
An underpinning ceasefire arrangement and the de-escalation deal are intended to save lives and create conditions for the displaced to return home safely, it added.
“The ceasefire must continue to be enforced and respected,” it said.
The statement comes after Syrian jets struck rebel-held towns in the country’s south in March, rebels and residents said, the first aerial attacks on the area since the pact declaring it a “de-escalation zone.”
As a member of the U.N. Security Council, Russia “is duly responsible” to “use its diplomatic and military influence over the Syrian government to stop attacks and compel the government to cease further military offensives,” the state department said.
Early on Thursday, the State Department said the United States would release $6.6 million to the Syrian Civil Defence fund, commonly known as the White Helmets, and the U.N. International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism, which collects and analyses evidence of violations of international human rights laws.