The Russian Syria military commanded announced that it managed to destroy several ISIS sleeper cells in Homs governorate, just as we get closer to the upcoming election which might change the fate of the country forever.
It is almost an inconceivable thought these days to perceive Syria as the bustling economic and cultural hub it was back in the day. Daily bombings have become a habit for so many people and thanks to the handiwork of ISIS, it is nigh impossible to find a place untouched by the ravages of war. In spite of that hardship, all hope is not lost and Syrian allies have yet to abandon their protectorate unless they are certain that there would no further chaos as soon as they leave the place. That is perhaps why the war against terrorism rages on in Syria.
On Monday, Associated Press reported that the Russian military launched an attack against ISIS militant hideouts in the middle of Homs governorate, near the ruins of Palmyra. Back in 2015, ISIS reduced the ancient city to rubble and by the time the Syrians managed to secure the location, there was almost nothing left of its former glory. It was believed to have been secured by the late 2017 but the Russian intel managed to pick up some chatter near the area, identifying the cells that have been active for quite a time. The recent air raid however took care of that. The head of the Russian Military’s Reconciliation in Syria, Rear Admiral Alexander Karpov confirmed the news, attesting that the Russian attack killed more than 200 ISIS fighters and destroyed a giant portion of their supplies, amounting to 500kg of live ammunition. Furthermore, it was reported that the ISIS transportation vehicles were also destroyed during the raid.
Come what may, Syria needs its safety and stability restored, now more so than ever. A while back the Syrian parliament announced that they would be holding the country’s presidential election on May 26. That is to say a few weeks from now and it’s just not enough for the Syrians to emphasize on it. Aside from all the political aspects associated with this event, it is still considered as one of a time game-changing moments within the war-stricken country, bound to attract people from all over the land. That kind of attraction of course provides ample opportunity for the ISIS and other terrorists to strike fear right at the heart of the enemy and that must be prevent at all cost. There are of course civil reasons as to why this election is of great importance to Syrians.
If you’ve been following the news, you would know that Denmark did just announce its intention to force the Syrians it once embraced back to the arms of their homeland. There are more than 500 Syrian refugees who are bound to lose their temporary residence permits now that the Denmark has designated Damascus and some other areas in Syria “safe”. For now, this development is limited to Denmark but there is no telling that how many European countries might follow suit after this precedent, throwing Syrian into a refugee and settlement crisis this time around. Whatever may be the case here, it is quite clear that the Europeans feel that the Syrian refuges have outstayed their welcome and the last thing Syria needs is yet another crisis at its heart. For those reasons and many other more, Syria needs not only to be kept safe, it also needs to prove to the world and to everyone that the change will only come through people’s votes.