April 02, 2018

Syria's army vows to finish off last rebels outside Damascus

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: AFP

Journalist AFP Staff

Syria's army promised Saturday to finish off fighters in the final opposition holdout of devastated Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus after a penultimate pocket was declared "empty" of rebels.

Russia-backed regime forces have recaptured the vast majority of the enclave through the combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals.

After a six-week blitz the only remaining scrap of rebel-held territory includes the main town of Douma, but Moscow-brokered talks over a possible evacuation have stalled as the group controlling it pledges to stay put.

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...