Syria denies claims of deadly gas attack in eastern Ghouta

  1. Syria denies claims of deadly gas attack in eastern Ghouta  CNN
  2. Fresh raids pound Syria’s rebel Douma after talks falter  Manila Bulletin
  3. Civilians trapped as Syrian airstrikes pound rebels’ final Damascus stronghold  Washington Post
  4. Is Trump Sowing the Seeds for ISIS 2.0?  New York Times
  5. Special Report: How a secret Russian airlift helps Syria’s Assad  Reuters
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Air strikes return to Syria's Ghouta killing 32 as talks sputter

Air strikes return to Syria's Ghouta killing 32 as talks sputterAir strikes killed 32 civilians in the last opposition-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Friday and the army launched a ground offensive on its outskirts after talks sputtered over a rebel withdrawal. Backed by Russia, Syrian troops had captured nearly all of the one-time opposition stronghold of Ghouta with a combination of ferocious bombing raids and negotiated withdrawals. All that remained was its largest town of Douma, held by the Jaish al-Islam Islamist faction and home to tens of thousands of people.


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Broken by siege, Syria rebels face worst loss yet in Ghouta

Broken by siege, Syria rebels face worst loss yet in GhoutaThe expected loss of Eastern Ghouta will deal Syria’s fragmented rebels their biggest blow yet, leaving them unable to threaten President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus and increasingly subservient to competing global interests. The three main factions — Jaish al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman, and Ahrar al-Sham — continually pledged to march on Damascus and rained rockets down on its residential neighbourhoods. Weakened by a slow and painful half-decade siege, rebels could hardly hold out under weeks of bombing that culminated in negotiated withdrawals, a strategy polished by Syria’s regime elsewhere.


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Fighters start to quit last rebel pocket of Syria's Ghouta

Fighters start to quit last rebel pocket of Syria's GhoutaSyria’s regime drew closer to taking full control of Eastern Ghouta on Monday as state media reported that fighters began evacuating the last rebel-held pocket of the former opposition stronghold near Damascus. A Russian-brokered deal had been reported on Sunday for fighters with Jaish al-Islam, the largest rebel group still in Ghouta, to leave the enclave’s main town of Douma. The retaking of Eastern Ghouta would mark a major milestone in President Bashar al-Assad’s efforts to regain control of territory seized by rebel factions during Syria’s seven-year civil war.


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