Syrian army won't be deterred by US strike

Syrian army won't be deterred by US strike

"All the terrorists have left Douma city, their last bastion in eastern Ghouta", the statement said.

The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces has announced that Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus Countryside is now completely terrorism-free following two months of operations in the region.

The Syrian army on Saturday declared that all anti-regime forces had left Eastern Ghouta, almost two months into a blistering offensive on the rebel enclave on the outskirts of the capital.

Syria's government forces have taken control of all of the Eastern Ghouta, Konashenkov noted, adding that Russian military police units had been deployed to the enclave to monitor the situation and maintain law and order.

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights, a British-based war monitoring group, says the campaign killed more than 1,600 civilians.

As a result, Washington, and its allies - London and Paris - fired missiles targeting the Syrian facilities, which they claimed were linked to chemical weapons production.

Capturing Eastern Ghouta largely contributes to the security of the capital, as the rebels in that sprawling countryside used to fire daily mortar shells on the capital and attempted to infiltrate the capital many times, the latest of which was last April when the army foiled the attack.

President Bashar al-Assad had made the reconquest of Eastern Ghouta a strategic goal.

The aerial blitz the regime and Russian Federation launched in mid-February has caused extensive destruction in the region's towns.

In its statement, the army said the bomb squad started inspecting squares and streets to remove roadside bombs left by the militants in that area, preparing for other army units to secure the area for the return of the families to their homes.

The last convoy of buses transporting members of the Islamist group Jaish al-Islam and their relatives left Douma on Saturday.

A large number of Eastern Ghouta residents were bussed to the northern province of Idlib, which nearly entirely escapes government control and hosts several jihadist and other rebel groups.

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