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Rebel Army of Islam Flees Syrian Territory, Government Troops Move In

03 April 2018

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the news, saying that a deal brokered by regime ally Russian Federation would see fighters with the Jaish al-Islam faction leave Ghouta's main town of Douma for opposition-held territory in northern Syria. "Very soon, very soon, we're coming out", Trump said.

The deal brokered by regime ally Russian Federation would see fighters with the Jaish al-Islam rebel faction leave Ghouta's main town of Douma for opposition-held territory in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Ahmad Ramadan says Turkey, which backs various Syrian rebel groups, and shares control over a part of opposition territory in north Syria, is also party to the talks.

"The armed forces' formations, aided by allied forces, wrapped up military operations in Damascus Countryside's Eastern Ghouta, with full control established all over its cities and towns", said the statement.

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Four major rebel groups were now positioned inside Eastern Ghouta, namely the Islam Army, Failaq al-Rahman, Ahrar al-Sham, and the Levant Liberation Committee, known as the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

"The president has made clear, and repeated this last week, that we are in Syria to defeat ISIL and that their enduring defeat remains a top priority", the official said.

Eastern Ghouta was controlled by four major rebel groups, namely the Islam Army, Failaq al-Rahman, Ahrar al-Sham, and the Levant Liberation Committee, known as the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

It was the first organized evacuation of fighters from Douma, which has held out against government forces through 7 years of war.

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The unit of the powerful Lebanese Shia militia that has been fighting with the Syrian army said among the terms of the deal was setting up a Syrian government-approved local council to run the city's affairs after rebels withdraw. It has been accused of abducting human rights activists and committing abuses as it crushed rival groups.

In the spring of 2015, it held a massive military parade that included thousands of opposition fighters marching in formation and a striking display of tanks and armoured vehicles at the doors of the Syrian capital.

Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of the Syrian warring parties, said Sunday that the fighters are to hand over maps of mined areas and underground tunnels while leaving the Douma area of Eastern Ghouta. In the past 8 days, more than 41,000 terrorists and their family members exited. MBS actually believes it is important for the United States to keep a small number of troops, military advisers, and trainers in Syria to restrain Iranian influence, but he has publicly concluded that toppling Syrian dictator Bashar Assad from power is no longer possible.

Douma has been besieged by government forces since 2013. He says, however, that "humanitarian cases" will be allowed to evacuate on Monday. Iran has backed Assad throughout the civil war, while Turkey has cast itself as a sponsor of the opposition, along with the Arab Gulf countries.

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There was no immediate confirmation from the rebels, but pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan quoted "diplomatic sources" as saying the agreement would see fighters give up heavy weapons and leave Douma for northern Syria. They say withdrawing the almost 2,000 US troops too early would leave the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in a lurch. "But there are currently reinforcements from the coalition forces and things are now ok". In Iraq specifically, the removal of USA troops opened a void for ISIS to swoop in, he says.

Rebel Army of Islam Flees Syrian Territory, Government Troops Move In