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Syria Safe Zones Mean Less Fighting — Not a Third World War

Russia Insider's Damascus correspondent sets the media straight on Syria safe zones

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The latest estimations suggest about 73 percent of Syrian civilians already live in the safety provided by the Syrian Armed Forces in the major Syrian cities.

The western media and other "know it all" fairytale "experts" are going on and on about the de-escalation zones and claiming that Russia is imposing a no-fly zone for everyone over large swaths of Syria.

<figcaption>Safe zones will lead to greater security—not a third world war</figcaption>
Safe zones will lead to greater security—not a third world war

But the blunt reality is: There will be no militarily-enforced "no-fly zones" in Syria; if a no-fly zone was even possible, it would have been imposed years ago. However, no one wants to start a third world war. 

Instead, these zones are "safe" zones—locations without any form of military actions whatsoever, and thus expanding the areas where civilians can live freely while the wheel of a political solution is being pushed forward. 

In these zones Syrian law will be enforced, the Syrian government will provide civil services, rebuild infrastructure and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid; in return, the opposition is not allowed to launch any attacks from these zones; nor are they allowed to mobilize in any way. 

Just like in Damascus, Aleppo, the Syrian coastal cities and other liberated and secure Syrian cities, the so-called US-led coalition has no targets in these "safe zones" and no need to be present there. Under the agreement, no military or air activities will be conducted in these zones—even the Syrian and Russian air forces will avoid passing through these areas when conducting anti-ISIS and anti-HTS operations. All sides are expected to comply with keeping these zones de-militarized. But this does not mean these areas will be militarily-enforced "no-fly zones".

Yes, let's keep in mind that the liberation of Aleppo was preceded by many cease fires in Aleppo negotiated by Moscow and enforced by the Russian military. 

However, the current situation is not to be compared to the ones before.

The Syrian command, with the help of its ally Russia, is committed to any and all attempts to reduce the tension of the war among Syrians, so that the international community can focus on eradicating foreign terrorist groups still plaguing the country. 

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