Syrian troops raise national flag over Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt

Government troops took control of a border crossing with Jordan and promised to leave four villages

That deal come after a ceasefire announced last week stemmed almost three weeks of regime bombardment on the symbolic wider province of the same name, which borders Jordan.

Measures to implement the so-called reconciliation deal for rebel-held parts of the city had not yet been implemented, it said.

A Syrian army soldier stands next to a Syrian flag in Umm al-Mayazen, in the countryside of Deraa, Syria, July 10, 2018.

Dara'a city was the birthplace of the sedition that began in March 2011 before morphing into a foreign-backed militancy that continues to this day.

Overnight into Thursday, the extremists took control of the village of Heet near the Jordanian border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

The Russian base has been a frequent target of attacks by opposition forces in recent months, the largest of which occurred in January when the Russian military claimed to have shot down seven of 13 drones that attempted to bomb the airbase, and jammed the others forcing them to land.

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But Jaish Khaled bin Walid, a local branch of Daesh that controls a small corner in the southwest of the province, on the border with Jordan and close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is not included in that deal.

"It is a strategic and a symbolic win for the Syrian government".

Rebels quickly sought to negotiate with Assad's Russian sponsors after the U.S., which for years had backed the southern rebels, said it would not intervene militarily to protect them.

A convoy of Russian military police was expected to enter the devastated area later on Thursday in the first such deployment inside the enclave where they were expected to set up observation posts and perform security duties.

Latest estimates say some 2,000 militants are still holed up in Dara'a city, along with their families.

"The rebels are still inside Daraa city", Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said, but had not yet handed over their heavy weapons and there were no signs of any evacuations.

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