"Any outside aggression against the Syrian territory is an aggression", Syrian Ambassador to Moscow Riad Haddad told reporters in the Russian city of Sevastopol on Saturday. Syrian state media denied a deal was reached to evacuate the militants.
Reading an army statement on Syrian TV, Gen. Ali Mayhoub said the army captured the former IS strongholds in the Palestinian Yarmouk camp and Hajar al-Aswad after a monthlong campaign.
The military left "big numbers of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists dead", reported the Syrian Arab News Agency.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said some IS fighters were permitted to leave Yarmouk and the adjacent al-Tadamon neighborhood.
A temporary humanitarian ceasefire had been in place since Sunday night in Al-Hajar al-Aswad to allow women, children and old people to leave the area, state media said early on Monday.
Amy Austin Holmes, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, told NPR that this was an historic day for Assad's government.
Map of targets of Israeli strike in Syria
While Assad has vowed to win back "every inch" of Syria, the map of the conflict suggests a complicated time ahead. "This is just one more step toward accomplishing that goal". In March and April, thousands of opposition fighters surrendered and were evacuated from Damascus suburbs known as eastern Ghouta, after a crushing government offensive.
Incorrect. the reference by both Putin & Assad, relates to both Turkish & U.S forces and not Iran, which has a defence agreement with Syria.it's current presence is not part of any such deals to be made.
In April, the Syrian army took control of at least two villages from the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces east of the Euphrates River, near the border with Iraq where Kurdish forces had control.
The goal of "Operation Chess" was to prevent Iran from carrying out reprisals for an Israeli airstrike against the Iranian-controlled T-4 air base in central Syria on April 9, which killed at least seven members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including a senior officer responsible for its drone program.
While the Syrian government, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, has succeeded in wresting back control of much of the war-torn country, the prospects of any peace settlement remain distant.
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