Syrian Army Declares Victory Over Rebels In Eastern Ghouta, Just Hours After Airstrikes

While many are asking what particular purpose Trump's Syrian airstrikes served in retaliation to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, for the Syrian president events of the past week were clearly worth it because moments ago the Syrian Army declared the the rebel enclave of Ghouta - ground zero of last weekend's alleged chemical weapon scandal - has been retaken.


In an ironic twist, according to Syrian forces the last group of militants has left their last stronghold - the city of Douma in the Damascus suburbs - less than 24 hours after Western coalition members the US, the UK, and France fired over 100 missiles at targets inside of Syria in a response to an alleged chemical attack in the city.

And, according to state media, the Syrian army command has announced that Eastern Ghouta is now free of militants, the AP reports. According to the SANA news agency, the Syrian army is determined to eradicate terrorism in Syria, regardless of what power backs the terrorism, in order to restore security and stability in the country.

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

At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry said that 21,000 people, including militants and their family members, have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta.

Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, head of Russia's Reconciliation Center for Syria, said that 3,976 militants left Douma by bus on Friday. He added that at least 67,680 have left the embattled Damascus suburb.

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FireBrander Sat, 04/14/2018 - 17:17 Permalink

LOL!

So, let's see.

1. Assad/Putin are about to wipe-out the "freedom fighters" in Ghouta.
2. Assad "gasses his own people" which crosses that "red line".
3. Trump announces a retaliation.
4. Assad/Russia move away from the area.
5. The "Freedom Fighters" take the opportunity to get the Hell out of Dodge.
6. Trump blows some shit up.
7. Assad/Putin come back in and the "Freedom Fighters" are gone and Assad is even closer to total victory.

Did Trump just save ISIS's ass in Syria...again?

What ISIS needs to wage war:
1. Political support..How many times did the USA call for a "Cease Fire" when ISIS was in trouble?
2. Logistical support..they are here, there, everywhere like ghosts.
3. Financial support...Oil sales to Turkey allowed because the drivers of the tanker trucks were "non-combatants".

This whole thing was a ploy to save what's left of USA's proxy Army in Syria...at least it sure looks that way...

Wild E Coyote Aussiekiwi Sat, 04/14/2018 - 20:11 Permalink

Trump agreed to bomb a few unimportant places for the benefit of Israel.

not for the benefit of our Military. 

And Trump did it because he did not want to have all Dems and Reps and even many US Military Generals to move against him including the Media and several foreign Governments of course. 

I am surprised by the low IQ show from ZHers who keep blaming Trump as if he made the decision. True to his promise, he is still keeping Americans and American soldiers safe. He lobbed a few missiles to satisfy the crazy war mongers. 

While a "Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel" https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-19/top-us-general-says-american-…

After all the American people including the ZH commenters did not pour to the streets to show that they are against War. 

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Brazen Heist veritas semper… Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:55 Permalink

And to add to that.....lots of those favoured terries have now gone to Turkey. Some of them will switch to the Turkish payroll and fight the Kurds, while the rest go home and take their violent tendencies with them. Europe will be getting quite a few. I heard Qatar Airways started new flights to Hatay recently, I bet these routes are to ferry some of these Jihadis back to the Gulf and beyond.

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RationalLuddite FireBrander Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:19 Permalink

FB - while i agree that your hypothesis is possible , you need to establish if it's plausible.  Mosley is correct (i gagged a little then). In the absence of other quite compelling evidence, you need a post hoc ergo propter hoc ("after this therefore because of this" - sorry for the Latin but it's alllll usually in latin this stuff) fallacious assumption to make your argument work. And based on the context (they were all being bused at at the rate of thousands a day anyway) the tomahawk attack was likely either coincidence or a minor factor. Unless you wanna get all metaphysical and claim synchronicity  (meaningful coincidence).

 

Now because i agreed with Mosley i need to take a shower ... i feel tainted.

Edit: i upvoted you both ... we're Sooooo civilised today ...😄

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veritas semper… tmosley Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

There was a small ISIS pocket in The S Damascus ,different from Jaish al Islam ,who was sent to Idleb or given amnesty and now fight in the SAA (>1500 fighters).

ISIS was different story and the enclave was about to be liberated.

It is all over Arab media.

HE IS RIGHT . If they dissappeared now ,as per SAA , there is no other explication.

Sorry ,tmosley ,no pie for you.

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veritas semper… DEMIZEN Sun, 04/15/2018 - 01:04 Permalink

  Ever heard of a diversion ?

  I doubt the SAA ,when FUKUS attacked last night was using the night gear to watch ISIS . I think they were focusing on the Tomahawks more.

  You can look at the US attack as a diversion in a way.

  As for videos showing US and heliborne operations ,saving ISIS fighters ,really , where have you been ? There were sooo many on the net ,that I lost track.

 I don't think that is what happened last night ,but if they knew about the US attack ,and I don't know how they could have not ,they could have been prepared to leave the area easily .

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OverTheHedge FireBrander Sun, 04/15/2018 - 01:00 Permalink

Where are all the US/British special ops soldiers taken prisoner during this? Allegedly there are several, which is what the Skripal thing was about.  I don't understand why they are not being paraded as trophies, proof of US/British support of terrorism, and a means to make NATO a pariah.

Unless they don't exists, and were never there.

Or will this be the asymetrical response by Russia?

 

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Davidduke2000 FireBrander Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:04 Permalink

the trump regime embarrassed itself  by claiming victory, the regime did not even produced satellite photos of the damage they caused, usually the pentagon does not shy away from producing fake satellite photos, yet they did not produce even fake ones. 

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OverTheHedge Volkodav Sun, 04/15/2018 - 01:05 Permalink

Sun Tzu recommends allowing an escape route, as a cornered enemy with no hope is usually pretty hard to root out without huge casualties for the attacker. Also, there has to be life after the war, and Syria seems to be looking forward to reintegrating everyone in a"normal" society, as opposed to ethnically cleansed enclaves and divisions. Hard to do that if you commit what would be seen as an atrocity. Perhaps the US could take note....

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curbjob Sat, 04/14/2018 - 17:19 Permalink

Awesome , now just keep marching south west all the way to the Mediterranean and drive those cockroaches back to their tribal ancestral homeland somewhere around present day Hungary.