Syrian government forces announced they seized full control of the southern districts of Damascus on Monday, one month after launching an air and ground offensive against Islamic State fighters there. The Syrian Arab Army “took control over the Yarmouk camp and al-Hajar al-Aswad,” a spokesman for the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed…

President Michel Aoun on Monday canceled a trip to Qatar and returned to Beirut from Saudi Arabia, where he had attended the 29th Arab League Summit in the eastern city of Dhahran. A presidential source said that Aoun’s visit had been cancelled due to “new circumstances” and “developments that forced him to return to Lebanon.”…

Syrian government forces have regained control of the entire city of Duma, the last bastion held by rebels in the Eastern Ghouta region, Russian news agencies reported citing an officer of the Russian foreign ministry. “The raising of the state flag on a building in the city of Duma marks control over this locality and…

Fresh air strikes pounded the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma on Saturday, completing 24 hours of carnage that killed at least 48 civilians, rescuers and a monitor said. The bombing came after a 10-day truce between President Bashar Al Assad’s regime and the rebels collapsed. The offensive to reclaim Douma, the last pocket of resistance…

On Monday, 2 April 2018, around noon, the first buses began evacuating “Jeich al-Islam” militants from the town of Duma, the main sector of Eastern Ghouta, to Jarablus, a town on the Turkish border. A total of 50 buses were used for this transfer of rebel fighters of Islamist obedience and supported by Saudi Arabia….

On Friday March 31, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Higher Command announced in an official statement that units of the SAA had entered the districts of Irbin, Ayn Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar in the western part of the Eastern Ghouta region. “After a series of carefully planned battles and military operations conducted by our armed…

(Caroline HAYEK | OLJ) While mass evacuations continue in Eastern Ghouta, one last pocket is still resisting the Syrian regime. Jaysh al-Islam, the last rebel group on the spot, controlling Duma and its surroundings, refuses to hand over its weapons and leave the area. “We are currently negotiating with the Russians for our maintenance and…

24 March 2018: Syrian rebel fighters on Friday left one pocket of battered Eastern Ghouta and reached a deal to quit another as the regime drew close to regaining full control over the key enclave after a more than month-long battle. A blistering Russian-backed assault since February 18 on the last opposition bastion near Damascus…

On March 22, Russia and Faylaq al-Rahman reached a ceasefire agreement in the western part of the Eastern Ghouta region, according to sources linked to Faylaq al-Rahman. The agreement will reportedly be implemented on March 23. The sources added that negotiation between Faylaq al-Rahman from one side and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), supported by…